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Trip Report: Réveille Coffee Co. (Chinatown)

Posted by TheShot on 30 Sep 2013 | Filed under: Local Brew

Tommy & Christopher Newbury did enough business with their mobile coffee truck service over the years to finally go all “establishment”, opening this brick & mortar shop in Nov. 2012. Its proximity to North Beach makes it a pull if the traditional Italian-style espressos with 1950s roots along Columbus Ave. doesn’t do it for you. […]

Trip Report: The Station S.F.

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jan 2013 | Filed under: Local Brew

This corner espresso bar and retail space opened in August 2012, taking over a space that was formerly Bentley Carpet Mills. (It is also currently housing a pop-up clothing store called Taylor Stitch.) Large windows allow a lot of light in. The inside is also marked by a stark black + white color scheme. They […]

All You Need to Know About Steaming Milk (?)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jun 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Quality Issues

Coffee talk in the mainstream press these days looks a bit like the telenovela: short-lived serials from specific writers with an individual point of view. One of said serials comes from Giorgio Milos of illycaffè in The Atlantic, and his installment today is on milk frothing: All You Need to Know About Steaming Milk – […]

Trip Report: Cafe Capriccio

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Quality Issues

A couple weeks back we visited this café with Tim of espressophile fame. Approaching its North Beach location, you wouldn’t think it would be much different from the others nearby — but you’d be wrong. The espresso here is a real standout in the neighborhood, coinciding with the ownership change in late 2008 to Alex […]

Trip Report: Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew

This classic, lively North Beach dive café serves espresso, sandwiches, alcohol, and simple hot plate dinners. It’s a very social place where the customers and staff engage in random conversation. They cover their dark walls (since made bright by new lighting fixtures) with photos of friends, family, and the occasional local celebrity visit. There’s also […]

Trip Report: Danilo’s Bakery BaoNecci Caffè

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jul 2008 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Given that our headaches with our Web hoster are resolving themselves at a snail’s pace, we’re itching to get back to business as usual. So we are carefully returning to publishing here (saving copies of our databases as frequently as possible) — even though we risk a future “blackout” at any given time. How better […]

Trip Report: A. Cavalli & Co.

Posted by TheShot on 30 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This Italian bookstore and import store has been a long-time favorite of ours — but not for espresso. That is until just recently (Fall 2007). It first opened its doors in 1880, making it the oldest store in North Beach. It has changed owners a few times since then, and its newest owners just added […]

Trip Report: Cinecittà Bar and Roman Pizza

Posted by TheShot on 21 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This combination pizza parlor (they serve square pizzas) and wine bar has numerous small café tables indoors and counter seating at the bar/pizza ovens. There’s also limited sidewalk seating out front. The décor is their namesake Roman film studios of Fellini’s 1950s, complete with movie posters (plus an AS Roma kit on the wall by […]

Trip Report: Victoria Pastry Co.

Posted by TheShot on 18 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This bakery has been in operation since 1914. While today it is Italian in name, like much of modern North Beach it has a distinctive Latino flair in how it is run today (even if its immediate location is more Chinatown than North Beach). There’s limited outdoor seating along Vallejo St., a wide array of […]

Trip Report: È Tutto Qua

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Located in the original Bank of America (née Bank of Italy) building on the corner of Broadway and Columbus, this café/bar/restaurant opened just last month as a nicer alternative. It is a refreshing change from many of the North Beach Italian cafés and restaurants: they use particularly high quality ingredients for the neighborhood, and thus […]

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