Tales Of The City: Bay Area Cafes Look Back At Their First Year In Business

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It’s hard sometimes, especially in a city as crammed with amazing coffee shops as San Francisco, to see the arrival of another specialty cafe as anything but a drop in our vast coffee ocean. Either it’s a Blue Bottle or a Ritual opening just one more store, or a new, hip roaster, or, more often than […]

Go Inside The Brand New Counter Culture Coffee Bay Area HQ

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Once upon a time Counter Culture Coffee was strictly an East Coast affair. For most of the 20 years the company has been in existence, their focus has been aimed at building out their network from a headquarters in North Carolina to training centers in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Charleston, Washington DC, Asheville, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. […]

We Interview Boor Bridges Architecture, San Francisco’s Cafe Design Masters

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Here’s a short list of some of the Bay Area’s most recognizable coffee shops: Sightglass, Ritual, Four Barrel, and Equator Coffees & Teas. From the outside, it’s pretty easy to pinpoint what might be similar about these roasters—they are all fine purveyors of specialty coffee who’ve made names for themselves as respectable and skilled craftspersons, […]

San Francisco: An Eight Course Coffee Dinner With Saint Frank At Parallel 37

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Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to get invited to an event that saw Kevin Bohlin and the folks from Saint Frank team up with Parallel 37 Chef Michael Rotondo, Sommelier Ryan Stetins, and Pastry Chef Andrea Correa to craft an eight-course meal that used and paired coffee, and coffee-related beverages, with a larder’s worth of […]

We Talk Coffee With San Francisco Chef (And Roaster!) Dennis Leary

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Amidst a flood of recent restaurant openings that have threatened to submerge San Francisco, the name Dennis Leary bobs to the surface. Leary, a lifelong chef, has amassed a small empire of restaurants and bars over the last five years. What started with the 20-seat sliver of a restaurant Canteen (Leary was owner and chef […]

San Francisco Cafe Now Charging Patrons For WiFi, Power Outlets

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A new San Francisco cafe has announced a proprietary app for iOS and Android devices that will allow customers to make advanced orders and purchases. The app will also control the user’s access to WiFi and power outlets in the cafe. “We think it’s only fair,” says Joffrey Fairbanks, owner of the Liquid Spoonful on […]

San Francisco: It’s Opening Day At The Brand New Equator Coffees

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Amidst the hubbub of construction, traffic, and the din of human existence in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood, our friends and partners at Mill Valley’s own Equator Coffees have thrown open the doors to their hotly anticipated first San Francisco cafe. Designed by Boor Bridges Architecture, the cafe features large picture windows that peer out onto […]

Veni, FiDi, Vici: Great Coffee In San Francisco’s Financial District

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Three years ago, those looking for a cup of specialty coffee in San Francisco’s Financial District were presented with few, even no options. Though the area from Market Street to North Beach, from The Embarcadero to Union Square, was brimming over with Starbucks, Peet’s, Coffee Bean and Tea Leafs, and Specialty’s, the presence of San […]