Sextant Coffee Roasters
1415 Folsom St., SOMA
Western SOMA has a fresh infusion of caffeine thanks to Sextant Coffee Roasters, a new third-wave roaster and coffee shop that's set to catch the burgeoning tech scene at 10th and Folsom. It's the brainchild of Kinani Ahmed, a native of Ethiopia who's also behind second-wave roaster Jebena Coffee and hookah bar Nile Cafe, both located in the Tenderloin. Sextant's own Probat roaster, located in the back of the shop, roasts exclusively Ethiopian beans for now, though they may add Brazilian beans and blends in the future. Tea and pastries are also forthcoming, with suppliers still being worked out. And yes, they have wi-fi.
Named for the old-school nautical navigation device (one of which rests on its counter), Sextant's moniker is intended to remind drinkers that coffee is often shipped from far away on the high seas. The space, which was in private hands for a decade, was actually already a coffee roaster once before. Stripped to the bare brick and beams, with a subway-tiled front area featuring a La Marzocco machine, it's high-ceilinged and capacious, with a standing capacity of 200 and a small back patio. The space is available to rent for private events, and they may also team up with the next-door Folsom Street Foundry to hold bigger events from time to time. Hours are daily, 8 am-4 pm; they hope to expand to 7 am until 5 or 6 pm once they're able to sufficiently staff up.
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