San Francisco Coffee Guide

Living in Portland, I’ve had my fair share of perfect cups of coffee. It’s come to the point where I’d almost consider myself a snob. Gasp! Not a snob in the way that I would turn down a cup from a big corporate coffee conglomerate, but a snob in the aspect of knowing when my espresso has been burnt or tastes off. So when I knew I was going down to San Francisco for a month, my first order of business was to find my new ‘home.’ I didn’t just find one, I found a few that could easily be my new favorite.

I know there are literally thousands of coffeeshops in the city, but I narrowed it down to just a few. I’ve put together a little coffee guide of SF for you, in case you’re ever in the city and are looking to check out a few coffeeshops along the way. Enjoy!

1. Four Barrel Coffee

This was my favorite coffeeshop in the city. Some say it's a hipster hangout, others say it's expensive. I say it's both but so much more. When you walk in there's a coffee tasting bar to your left, offering up tastings, classes, and chats with the resident coffee informant. The cashier is flanked on both sides of the computer with baristas, manning their positions on two different machines. It's impressive. And so is the decor. I love rustic wood and this place is all about that. There's also an awesome outdoor seating area that is perfect for people watching in the Mission. But that's not all! Behind the baristas is the actual roaster! You can grab a seat at the back bar and catch the live action for yourself. They play records so the music is a little loud, but it makes the place fun and inviting. It's a beautiful coffeeshop that takes pride in providing the best coffee in SF and there's so much to see and do there, coffee freaks will be in their element. But like I stated above, it's expensive. My almond milk latte was over $6. Regardless the high price, I highly recommend it.

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    Wi-Fi

    None. Yep. None.

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    Payment

    They take card and cash

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    Location(s) & Hours

    (1.)375 Valencia St.
    San Francisco, Ca 94103
    7-8/daily----

    (2.)736 Divisadero St.
    San Francisco, Ca 94117
    7-9 Monday
    7-7 Tues-Sun—————————————————————— ——— —————
    (3.) 2 Burrows St.
    San Francisco, Ca 94134
    7-4 daily www.fourbarrelcoffee.com

2. Philz Coffee

I was taken here by a friend who swore by their coffee. First off, I love the set-up. You stand in line like normal, but when you get called up to the counter, you get your own barista! There are many locations around the city so they could be set up differently, but I the one is the Mission has three barista stations set up for you to watch them work their magic. I ended up at Philz a few times and it seemed like they were always busy. It's a nice laid-back vibe; Bob Marley meets Facebook. The ambience is buzzing with activity, whether it be people playing board games, on a Skype call or having a chat with friends, Philz seems to always be caffeinated. I had their famous Iced Coffee Mint Mojito and it was delicious. I was hooked immediately. If you want a comfortable but busy place to grab a coffee or surf the internet, I definitely recommend Philz.

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    Wi-Fi

    Yes! And it works!

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    Payment

    Card and cash accepted

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    Location(s) & Hours

    There are hundreds of Philz Coffeeshops in California. Visit their website for more locations than the one provided. Mission District -The original Philz!
    3101 24th St. at Folsom St.
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    www.philzcoffee.com

3. Stanza Coffee Bar

Stanza is a minimalist coffeeshop that pumps out some pretty sweet espresso. They have a front and back patio that are equally as sweet and the staff are really nice. Try and grab a seat outside on the patios on a nice day to get a bit of sun. It's also a great space to get a lot of work done. I spent many hours in their comfy booths working away. If you want a place that is decently priced without the fuss, this is it! Their iced almond milk latte was perfect and I really enjoyed their style and decor. I would recommend coming here for work or to have a nice chat on either patio.

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    Yes

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    Payment

    Card and cash accepted

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    Location & Hours

    The Mission- 3126 16th St. San Francisco, Ca 6:30-8 M-F/8-8 Sat-Sun
    www.facebook.com/stanzasf

4. Ritual Coffee Roasters

Another coffeeshop that has a huge cult following, Ritual prides itself on creating the perfect cup of coffee. At $5 a cup, it should be! Good news for you, they do. Using Ethiopian, organic beans, baristas take extra special care of each cup of coffee. All cups are prepared via pour over to get the best of the bean. Inside you'd never expect a clean and modern looking coffeeshop compared to the vibrant and colorful landscape that's outside in the Mission. Ritual is a great place to read, have a chat or get some writing done that involves a pen and paper. The front of the shop is dotted with little tables perfect for a coffee date! Larger tables are available in the back for a group. Overall it's a great place to grab a hand-crafted cup of coffee if you love coffee.

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    Wi-Fi

    Nope! You actually have to talk to people!

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    Payment

    Cards and cash are accepted

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    Locations & Hours

    (1.) 1026 Valencia Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    415.641.1011

    Monday-Thursday: 6am - 8pm
    Friday: 6am - 10pm
    Saturday: 7am - 10pm
    Sunday: 7am - 8pm --------

    (2.) in Flora Grubb Gardens
    1634 Jerrold Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94124
    415.694.6448

    Monday-Thursday: 9am - 4pm
    Friday-Saturday: 9am - 5pm
    Sunday: 10am - 5pm ----- (3.) at Proxy
    432b Octavia St
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415.865.0989

    Sunday -Thursday: 7am - 7pm
    Friday - Saturday: 7am - 7pm -----------------------------------(4.) Oxbow Public Market
    610 First Street
    Napa, California 94559
    707.253.1190

    Every day: 7:00am - 8pm www.ritualroasters.com

Craftsman & Wolves

This might not be an actual coffeeshop, but I'm putting them in the mix. I stopped in here to do some work and fell in love with the space. They use Highwire Coffee out of Oakland which is a small roaster that specialises in small batches. The industrial space is beautiful and the food selection is top-notch. I could have eaten everything that was out on the counter, especially their baguette sandwiches. But I added this lovely spot in the list because it was the smoothest almond milk latte I had. The service was also the friendliest I had in the city at that point, and the lovely lady working behind the counter made sure I was informed on everything, including the homemade salted caramels on the shelves behind me. I highly recommend this place regardless if you're there for coffee or not. (photo via sfgate.com)

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    Wi-Fi

    No. I was really surprised at this one!

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    Payment

    Card and cash are accepted here

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    Location(s) & Hours

    746 Valencia Street / San Francisco CA 94110 / 415.913.7713
    Mon – Thu 7a – 7p / Fri 7a – 8p / Sat 8a – 8p / Sun 8a – 7p-------------------------------------------

    SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market / Sat 8a – 2p www.craftsman-wolves.com

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