Tag Archive 'castro'

Trip Report: Wildcraft Espresso Bar (Castro)

Posted by TheShot on 05 Sep 2016 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Local Brew

Former lawyer (and Xoogler), Theresa Beaumont, returned to her former neighborhood and opened this small space in Dec 2015 at the base of the Bank of the West building — following a concession the bank made to the neighborhood to retain its lower level retail space. A lesbian of color setting up shop in a […]

Trip Report: Mountain Grounds (Martinez, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Feb 2015 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

As we mentioned in our last review of a remote Martinez, CA coffee house: good coffee is everywhere. In fact, the modern boom in good coffee purveyors is akin to the boom of mom & pop video rental stores in the 1980s and ’90s. And as some of these small businesses grow a little larger […]

Trip Report: The Castro Cheesery

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

When it comes to coffeehouses in San Francisco, few are worth writing home about. This isn’t one of them. But then the Castro Cheesery exemplifies what you most commonly find in the city’s murky midrange of espresso bars. Contrary to its name, cheese plays second fiddle to the vast array of roasted coffee available for […]

Trip Report: San Tommaso 10 (Torino, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 30 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

It’s been a long time coming. After three years of laziness, I found a clean way to add non-SF espresso bars to the online database without having them muck up the SF sorts and ratings. It’s not a lot, and there are still a few kinks to work out, but it’s progress. And the timing […]

Trip Report: Spike’s Coffee & Teas

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

This popular neighborhood café deserves the attention. They have shown a tremendous amount of consistency over the past few years; I can tell when an age-old review on CoffeeRatings.com still nails the espresso at some establishment over a year or two later. The price of a single espresso may have risen 40¢ since 2003, but […]

Trip Report: Mara’s Italian Pastry

Posted by TheShot on 25 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

This old school, Calabrian-themed Italian pastry shop once had a touch for good espresso under its longtime ownership. They owner had been using Graffeo beans religiously since 1985. However, by 2006 they switched to Lavazza beans and began making inferior espresso (though the two aren’t exactly cause-and-effect). I’ve been unable to confirm with certainty, but […]

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 […]