Exciting news coming out of San Francisco as Linea Caffe has announced a new location opening in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. According to a press release, the 5,000-square-foot cafe/roastery is expected to open June 1st.
For Linea Caffe owner Andrew Barnett, the recently announced Mariposa Street location is a homecoming of sorts. Back in 2009, Barnett had just sold his previous business, Ecco Caffè, to Chicago’s Intelligentisa, who at the time were trying to break into the Bay Area. The plan was to for Intelli to open a shop in this exact same location, which Barnett would use to roast The Ecco Project, “designed to showcase the rare varietal, the auction lot, or the result of an experiment hatched between producers who met at our Extraordinary Coffee Workshop,” as Intelligentsia’s then-Director of Marketing Stephen Morrissey told Sprudge at the time.
That cafe never fully came to fruition. Instead, in 2017 Intelli turned it into a roasting space and training lab for their wholesale clients. A year later, the roasting facility shuttered.
The space has now come full circle, with Barnett nearly a decade later finally getting to open the roasting space he had wanted. From the press release:
It’s always been my dream to roast coffee in San Francisco, and to have a place where we could create an experience where our guests can see and smell beautiful coffees being roasted, and appreciate the finished product all at the same time.
The new Linea Caffe will be home to a “vintage German Probat UG-22” as well as the brand new, ergonomics-forward La Marzocco KB90 espresso machine. The space won’t stray too far from its past life as a training facility, with Barnett planning to continue to offer educational opportunities for wholesale clients and retail customers alike. According to the press release, the new café will offer “pastries from Dogpatch baker, Neighbor Bakehouse, whole leaf teas from Song Tea and matcha from Mizuba, and organic milk and alternative milk options from Straus Family Creamery and Oatly.”
It appears that good things do come to those who wait, even if sometimes, the good thing was what you thought you had 10 years ago. For more information, visit Linea Caffe’s official website.
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