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Trip Report: Steps of Rome

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This youthful North Beach hangout is often filled with patrons who speak Italian, and they often show the “calcio” (soccer) games from Italian RAI International TV. Several customers will be reading Italian newspapers at any given time, and Italian pop music often plays in the background. However, this locale strikes me as the kind of […]

Trip Report: Panta Rei … and World Cup 2006

Posted by TheShot on 07 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

The local papers will soon be writing about some of the public places to catch World Cup 2006 in Germany, which starts this Friday and culminates in the final on July 9. The local press’ regular favorite public hangout for watching any of the 64 matches is the Steps of Rome. But if you want […]

Trip Report: Crêpe o Chocolat

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

This rather inventive French crêperie is run by an eclectic, French-styled, Madagascar-born owner and her artsy staff. They offer a wide array of unusual crêpes, pastries, and chocolate confections. It’s located in tight quarters with a few indoor tables and the kind of modern Euro club music you’d expect from a French-styled, Madagascar-born owner. In […]

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: Cafe Algiers

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This small Middle Eastern café near the TransBay Terminal (technically in the Bechtel Building) is easy to overlook. But that’s where I hope Web sites like this one come in. In addition to their espresso bar, they have a full-service deli … and they also offer one of the few decent falafel sandwiches in the […]

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: Philz Coffee @ 18th St.

Posted by TheShot on 15 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

A year ago or so, owner Phil Jabar started serving coffee as “Philz Coffee” at the former Gateway Market at Folsom & 24th Sts. This newer location opened more recently (January 2006), and it has as loyal a local following as the original shop. Business here started slow, though, and has picked up more recently […]

Trip Report: Café de la Presse

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

I hate writing about espresso bars in regression when there’s every reason for us to expect progression. There’s a rising tide of coffee quality that should theoretically lift all boats: McDonald’s is offering premium roast from Gaviña, 7-Eleven is offering single origin Kenya AA and Hawaiian Kona … and late last year Café de la […]

Trip Report: Beanery Coffee Company @ Irving

Posted by TheShot on 02 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is the little sister café to the one on Irving St. & 9th Ave. It is popular with the Inner Sunset locals for the roasts they sell directly — in addition to the (unfortunately paper) cups they serve. This space has only three small indoor tables and three small sidewalk tables. Using a two-group […]

Trip Report: House of Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 27 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

This place literally put the Outer Sunset on the map for CoffeeRatings.com. This neighborhood is hardly known for good coffee, and it is often neglected as a rural, unsophisticated neighbor to the high cuisine and glamor of parts east. But what the Sunset District has going for it is a bit of breathing room and […]

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