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San Francisco's Coffee Culture

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Like other West Coast coffee towns, San Francisco has a unique coffee culture that differs from neighborhood to neighborhood. But one thing is certain: The coffee is great!
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270 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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One of the best coffees in San Francisco, and a beautiful location to work, read a book, or chat with a friend under the airy skylit roof. No WiFi, but the calm inside is great for offline concentration. They also sell a good range of home brewing...
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375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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A key player in the "third wave" coffee movement is Four Barrel Coffee, founded by Jeremy Tooker—who has a particular love for light roasts and the bright, acidic flavors that come with this method. Don’t let that description deter you, though;...
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1396 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
It only took about twelve hours in my home-city of San Francisco to be pleasantly reminded of why I love the Bay Area. With a hodgepodge interior, amazing coffee, fun and vocal staff, morning pastries and toast: this coffee house quickly moved...
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748 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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I'm a coffee snob. I admit it. And the best coffee I've ever had is at Philz, an SF icon, that brews one cup at a time. My fave is the dark and smoky Ether, ordered medium sweet with light cream.
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1001 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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They had me at the yellow building. I love wandering the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco and both Piccino restaurant and separate coffee bar, are lovely places to gather. The coffee bar on 22nd Street serves carefully crafted Sightglass...
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633 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Look for the "Jackson Place Cafe" sign on the Sansome Street sidewalk between Jackson and Pacific. Turn down into the breezeway toward Battery Street and find this secluded, New Orleans-like courtyard. When the summer fog hasn't rolled in, the sun...
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Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
Just a little highlight of my day, and not related to exotic foreign travels: the Reveille truck serves great espresso. The hordes of North Beach tourists will miss this hidden spot, and that's too bad (for them).
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495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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My idea of experiencing a city and acquiring a sample of its flavor is to try its food. Food is unique to a city, and San Francisco is one of a kind. My first morning in the city was chilly for my island bones, so naturally the first stop was a...
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1673 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Coffee lovers in San Francisco are a hard to please. We don't just want Blue Bottle on our way to work, we expect it. Keep your venti Starbucks to the suburbs, this city's coffee is serious. Stanza Coffee in the Haight, and now the Mission, brews...
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3520 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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As an Italian, is kind of difficult to find a coffee I enjoy. This place has a great choice. It offers french, brazilian, colombian, ethiopian, guatemalan, maui, red sea coffee and more. There is free wi-fi and super cool: tables outside! Check...
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1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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Another key player in San Francisco’s "third wave" coffee revolution, Ritual Coffee is dedicated to making the best cup of coffee you’ll find in the city. Since opening its flagship store in the Mission in 2005, Ritual has worked to...
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3940 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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They do their own blend of beans called Elbow Grease, and it’s high-octane stuff. 4033 Judah St., troublecoffee.com. This story appeared in the January/February 2012 issue.
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3876 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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This bakery just opened across the street from Woodshop. It’s a godsend. It’s been rough finding good coffee out here, but they serve Blue Bottle Coffee and breakfast sandwiches on house-baked biscuits.” 3876 Noriega St., (415) 683-5533, ...
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200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Stop by Reveille Coffee Co and your morning will be instantly better. The light, airy space in North Beach serves up coffee, pastries, and some of the best avocado and egg toast you’ll find in the city. Founded by Christopher and Tommy Newbury,...
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198 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Papa November coffee truck at 15th and Kansas Street in San Francisco's design district serves excellent coffee drinks in a very unique truck. The espresso machine runs on propane and serves Stumptown coffee and home baked goodies like cookies and...
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427 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Admittedly, I stopped by Castro Coffee Company for a cuppa when I found out my brunch date was held up the BART. I choose an Ethiopian blend from one of the many choices available along the wall of this snug coffee shop in the heart of San...
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1665 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Peach signs, anarchist books, and art installations surround a quiet cafe area. The menu is typical coffee house, but the walls and vibe echo the 'Summer of Love' and are pure Haight Ashbury.
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201 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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The Mercury Cafe is a gem. Never too crowded. Delicious coffee. Pie and lentil soup. Near the back is a stairway. It leads to an enclosed loft where a single table overlooks the cafe. Highly recommend for both reading and people watching.
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225 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
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With a coffee shop on every corner in San Francisco's Financial District, how do you choose? Well you do want them to have good coffee, after that it is all about the people and the story. Coffee Cultures has it all. Located in a historic...
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359 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Vinyl is a coffee shop and wine bar on Divisadero Street in the NOPA neighborhood. On a sunny day, sit by the large windows along the periphery; if the fog is closing in, cozy up at the bar. No matter where you decide to settle down, you can pop...