Tag Archive 'soma'

Trip Report: Segafredo Express @ the SF Shopping Centre

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This café is part of the Segafredo Zanetti chain, and it has been located in the deepest bowels of a downtown SF shopping mall, the San Francisco Centre, for a number of years. It’s less of an espresso bar than its neighborhood sisters (e.g., the Segafredo Zanetti at Powell) and more of a counter café […]

Trip Report: Caffé Trieste, SOMA

Posted by TheShot on 18 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This newest location of the Bay Area chain is the sophisticated sister to the rest — perhaps a nod to the residential growth in SOMA as China Basin fills. A long, windowed, sidewalk-facing café with dark painted walls, dark wood furniture, elegant lamps, opera music, and plenty of stands selling coffee accessories: Moka pots, coffee […]

Trip Report: Cocola Bakery & Pastry

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

On the fourth floor among the more elegant mall eateries of the downtown Westfield Centre, this bakery/café has a long patisserie counter, chandeliers, and numerous café tables. The fourth floor of this reopened wing (on the site of the former Emporium that closed down many years ago) is markedly more upscale than the eateries on […]

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: Martha & Brothers Coffee Company @ 1st St.

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

This downtown location of the popular, Latino-owned S.F. chain was opened by popular demand. Located in a tight indoor mall corridor called “The Shops on 1st St.”, they serve the usual pastries and bagels along with coffee. True to their Latino roots, the music, staff, and environment has a heavy Latin American influence. And given […]

Trip Report: The Butler & The Chef

Posted by TheShot on 18 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

A popular, often crowded, slow, and somewhat under-tabled and under-staffed Parisian-styled café that strongly emphasizes French details. (It changed owners in March 2004.) A somewhat confused system for getting a table when they are busy — you’re not sure whether to grab a table yourself, to ask to be seated, etc. Black & white photographs […]

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: Moto Java

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

This motorcycle-themed café is an extension of the adjacent bike shop. It’s a small space decorated with plastic motorcycle toys hanging from strings on the ceiling, there are photos and posters of motorcycles, motorcycle wear and helmets displayed about, and they even use a Snap-On red tool box for offering coffee condiments. They have three […]

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 […]

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