Tag Archive 'embarcadero'

Trip Report: Frog Hollow Farm (under new management)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Frog Hollow Farm reserves a rather anonymous place in the retail coffee history of San Francisco, but it was a watershed for the coffee quality in this city. As much as we roll our eyes at the hackneyed and abused third wave term, by many definitions (theirs, and definitely not ours) this was SF’s first […]

Trip Report: Boriana’s Favorites

Posted by TheShot on 16 May 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

I Preferiti di Boriana, or Boriana’s Favorites, is a Ferry Building Marketplace shop that imports wine, coffee, dried pasta, and sauces from Montepulciano, Italy. In fact, it is the only sister location to its Montepulciano-based storefront. They have four bright red, modern, stylish stools at a marble counter for sampling wine and espresso. They use […]

Trip Report: On The Go Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 16 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Can CoffeeRatings.com really stomach a business that institutionalizes the “values” of to go espresso in a paper cup? While it’s far from our favorite, it does go down in a pinch. This mobile espresso cart service at Mission & Spear Streets sometimes runs another location at the diagonally opposite end of the city block (around […]

Trip Report: NaS Coffee @ Rincon Center

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Deep inside Rincon Center One (now how apocalyptic does that sound?), this espresso counter serves coffee among the food court seating. It’s right next to the indoor, five-story “Rain Column” waterfall — so if you can find the insides of building, you won’t miss it. NaS uses a portable boom box of sorts to play […]

Trip Report: Il Massimo Lounge

Posted by TheShot on 25 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is the newer outlet (opened June 2004) of the greater sister café next to the Italian Cultural Institute. Inside it has a bright, modern interior decorated with colored glass and several indoor tables — plus some modern sofa and chairs set up in the back. The attaction here, and the reason the owners opened […]

Trip Report: Caffe Sport Deli

Posted by TheShot on 12 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a sister deli to the Caffe Sport restaurant in North Beach. It is inconveniently located across the massive U.S. Post Office (the Embarcadero Postal Center) in a strange part of town where Beale Street dead ends at the Bay Bridge. Harrison Street actually runs some 30 feet above this corner of town — […]

Trip Report: Tassili Caffé

Posted by TheShot on 24 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Errantly called ‘Tasili Coffee’ in most phone books and directories, this is a business lunch spot tucked away in the Hills Plaza brick office park, within a courtyard in the shadow of the Bay Bridge featuring a statue of the old Hills Bros. Coffee trademark: the turbaned Arab drinking coffee. Yes, this location was once […]

Trip Report: Frog Hollow Farm

Posted by TheShot on 16 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

A little Frog Hollow Farm espresso history… Frog Hollow Farm first appeared in San Francisco at the opening of the Embarcadero’s revitalized Ferry Building in October of 2003. While their core business is seasonal fruits, they took an aggressive leap forward towards producing some of the most serious espresso in the city at the time. […]

San Francisco’s New Wave

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Over the past couple of years, San Francisco has undergone something of a revolution in great espresso. Although the quality revolution has yet to trickle down to the typical corner café, great changes have taken place at the upper eschelon. At the forefront of this revolution is a troika of relative newcomers: Blue Bottle Coffee, […]