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 until it closed late last … [Read more...]

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 Clarion Alley between Mission … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 Francisco’s … [Read more...]

Equator Coffees’ New San Francisco Flagship Is Coming To Mid-Market

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There are massive changes taking place on the stretch of San Francisco’s iconic Market Street between 10th and 5th Street (affectionately referred to as Mid-Market). Just a few years ago, this small but historic area, was, to be frank, a wasteland populated by abandoned skyscrapers, dingy electronic stores, and not much else; a seedy border of the … [Read more...]

Snoop Dogg Invests In Philz Coffee To Help Spread The “High Pour” Nationwide

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San Francisco's Philz Coffee has raised $15 million dollars in a new round of funding, as reported by TechCrunch. SFist points out that Snoop Dogg is among the group of investors. Also worth noting that Jonah Hill and Jamie Kennedy are on the list. Philz Coffee, a San Francisco company, started in 2003 and is currently run by the founder's son … [Read more...]

Joyride Coffee Distributors Caffeinate The Tech Wave, From NYC To SF

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If coffee is a religion—the almighty bean its God, the crema-topped espresso its daily miracle, and the ever-proliferating specialty cafes of the world its churches, then Joyride Coffee Distributors is a merry band of missionaries, self-appointed with the task of spreading the good word to the heathens of office coffee culture. Started in 2011 … [Read more...]

Meet Our New Bay Area Correspondent, Noah Sanders

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As an update on internal doings at Sprudge, and following the announcement of Hengtee Lim as Sprudge.com's first-ever Tokyo Staff writer, today we've added another scribe to the fold: Noah Sanders will be joining Sprudge.com as our Bay Area staff writer, taking the place of Leif Haven, who's leaving us to pursue a Ph.D. and more creative … [Read more...]

7 Delightful Coffee Treats At San Francisco’s Ferry Building


When I first set out to write a story chronicling the all of the riches of coffee-related foods in San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace, that grand arcade of high-end shops and fine purveyors, I imagined a 5-course meal foraged from a bounty of espresso-bean-encrusted treats, savory and sweet alike. A full-on culinary experience rife with … [Read more...]

Did This SF Cafe Destroy A Mission District Mural For A Walk Up Window?

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Lola Chavez of Mission Local reports that the 24th and Mission BART station area in San Francisco is getting a new cafe with a walk-up window. Chavez writes, "The place will be run by two brothers, according to their father who was at the site recently." One minor problem: the walk up window construction cut through one of the many vibrant … [Read more...]

Palace Of Fine Arts Hosts Good Food Awards Celebration In San Francisco

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Sprudge has covered the Good Food Awards for five years running now. We’ve happily followed them as they’ve grown alongside the food they’ve so fervently supported. We’ve even, for the last two years, been official media partners for the event, a role we see as especially important as quality coffee continues to rise in gastronomic esteem. The 2015 … [Read more...]

In San Francisco, Hearth Coffee Comes Home To The Castro


The Castro has been considered the “gay neighborhood” of San Francisco since the early 1960s, the Castro still thrums with an energy and excitement built upon proudly queer roots. Today the Castro is crowded but friendly, composed and grown-up but still shot through with a solid streak of San Francisco’s oddball personality. In a city knee deep in … [Read more...]

Snowbird Coffee: “For The Dreamers” In San Francisco’s Inner Sunset


In a town brimming over with new coffee shops, San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood has so far not seen much of the new wave. Eugene Kim and his team at Snowbird Coffee plan to change that with their newly opened cafe, in the old Drip'd Coffee Lab space. Snowbird Coffee is a dimly lit, low-ceilinged, cozy cave of a cafe tucked away beneath … [Read more...]

Here Are The 2015 Good Food Awards Coffee Finalists

This afternoon, the 2015 Good Food Awards finalists officially dropped. There were 206 finalists from 46 states across many different categories, from beer to cheese to charcuterie, and of course coffee. You can read more about the Good Food Awards and previous winners in our archive here. Without further ado, here are the twenty-three Good Food … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Equator Coffees, San Francisco


Despite what those scarf-clad leafsayers may think, we've still got a few technical weeks of summer left, and as such, we've still got a few more entries in our 2014 edition of Build Outs of Summer, a globetrotting series of early looks at new specialty coffee bars. The latest comes from San Francisco, a quaint, affordable town with a clean, … [Read more...]

Inside Wrecking Ball Coffee’s New Cow Hollow Cafe

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“We’re leaders in the coffee industry, so we’re pushing boundaries,” Nick Cho told Sprudge, during a visit to the brand new, soon-to-open flagship café for Wrecking Ball Coffee in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. Cho owns Wrecking Ball with his partner Trish Rothgeb, a noted coffee roaster credited with coining the term "Third Wave … [Read more...]