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Trip Report: Boxed Foods Company

Posted by TheShot on 13 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Now that Blue Bottle Coffee Co. has expanded their roasting operations, we can expect to be super-saturated with its coming ubiquity. While that’s an overall good thing — such as now being able to snag some fresh Blue Bottle beans at the hyper-local Avedano’s Meats in Bernal Heights — it does contribute to that espresso […]

Trip Report: Bread & Cocoa

Posted by TheShot on 16 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Local Brew

Opening last month on the site of a former Briazz prepared-foods (lunch, primarily) chain shop, this corner café isn’t much of a leap from its predecessor. They serve sandwiches, soups, and salads as before — but with an emphasis on cocoa and espresso. The store seeps causes from its signage: Fair Trade coffee and cocoa, […]

Trip Report: Jackson Place Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This café isn’t easy to stumble upon, even if its signature is a rather large Art Nouveau café sign in lights. You have to enter the One Jackson Place center to reach this café, adorned with a miniature zinc bar and zinc-plating decorating its small kiosk. Located in a quiet courtyard surrounded by multiple stories […]

Trip Report: Myth Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 15 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

While much of the world was gearing up for a free Starbucks coffee giveaway, I got in a little practice yesterday and found espresso just as sketchy — but without the lines. (With California’s minimum wage at over six bucks an hour, it takes only 20 minutes of waiting to make “free” coffee not so […]

Trip Report: Deli &

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

This is an unassuming deli/bakery with no seating. Outside, under a wooden construction corridor that’s been there for years, the signs and awnings say Deli & Espresso. But any reference in a phone book or directory lists it as just Deli & — and they answer the phone, “Deli And.” One of the cheapest espresso […]

Trip Report: Caffè Amici Espresso @ Montgomery St.

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is the sister café to the one on 15th Street in Potrero Hill by the same name. It just barely opened this week on the former site of a shut down Torrefazione Italia. It’s so new, the cash register wasn’t working when I visited, and the staff were making receipts with pencil and paper. […]

Trip Report: Caffè Bianco

Posted by TheShot on 10 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Local Brew

This is a bright, Old World-styled café with modern art, tall windows, and classic background jazz music. Inside it is clean and sophisticated with an older, distinguished downtown clientele. San Francisco just doesn’t have enough cafés like this anymore. In addition to espresso, they also serve sandwiches and hot dishes at several café tables, and […]

Trip Report: Starbucks Coffee @ 295 California St.

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Starbucks

Far too often, I find myself reviewing espresso because it’s necessary for completeness rather than something to which I look forward. Most Starbucks Coffee retail stores (the emphasis, of course, being on “retail”) elicit the same reptilian brain response in me. Not that most Starbucks have bad espresso at all, mind you. They’re often pretty […]

Trip Report: Palio Paninoteca

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

This Montgomery St. café is named for a famous Medieval bareback horse race in Italy’s Piemonte region, the parent restaurant around the corner (Palio d’Asti), and, well, Italian sandwiches. (Note: there’s a sister café on the UCSF campus.) They have many café tables in an airy space with large, high windows facing street traffic. This […]

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