At this point, it's well-known that we enjoy our coffee and take it a bit too seriously. San Francisco has honed our palettes well, with Blue Bottle Coffee Co., Ritual Roasters, Philz and Four Barrel at our disposal. Imbibe magazine had a few things to say about San Francisco's bean scene, most of which we agree with! Our recent café crush is Sightglass Coffee, the once kiosk-turned-incredible-downtown-coffee bar and roastery.
Jerad & Justin Morrison are the siblings behind the independently-owned Sightglass. While their full-size cafe and roastery space in SoMa was in the works, they served up single-origin Chemex brews of their freshly roasted, micro-lot beans from a cart. The space sets the tone with two brew bars, fancy espresso machines and sweets from our local favorites, Tell Tale Preserve Co. and Hooker's Sweet Treats. I savored a delicious latte from a bar stool offering up a floor-to-ceiling view of the city.
Pictured below is their vintage coffee roaster— the sightglass is the viewing window that exposes the complex and delicate process of coffee being roasted inside the drum. "Similarly, we aim to operate with complete transparency and traceability from the hand that picks the coffee cherry to the hand that serves the cup."
Taste for yourself at Sightglass loacted at 270 Seventh Street in San Francisco. Open Monday–Saturday 7am–7pm and Sunday from 8am–7pm.