With a newly opened cafe in a corner Victorian at Divisadero and Page, SoMa-based Sightglass Coffee has five locations to its name. The latest, gallery-chic space — to be expected from a third-wave coffee roaster with a location in SFMOMA — was designed by architect Boor Bridges.
Even the wood inside the new location is “single origin,” as they say in the coffee world, most of it milled from the same Monterey Cypress tree. But customers who just want a latte and aren’t as fixated on design as Sightglass founders Jerad and Justin Morrison don’t need to bother stepping inside to admire the restored clerestory windows or the custom metalwork. They can just grab coffee to go through a walk-up window on Divis.
“Just the fact that it’s such a commuter corridor, I think it’s going to see a lot of foot traffic,” says Sightglass content director Arlo Crawford. The window will have its own quick-service menu and a dedicated coffee making station with a 2 group La Marzocco Linea to speed up the process. Customers who venture inside will have their espresso drinks made on two Kees van der Westen Spirit espresso machines. Sightglass will also serve pour-over, cold brew, and nitro cold brew on tap, and food from Neighbor Bakehouse, b. patisserie, and Piccino.
The new Divisadero Sightglass joins the chain’s SoMa flagship, its 20th Street Mission District location, and its MOMA and Ferry Building outposts. It’s been in the works for four years, requiring structural work including a new foundation and a seismic retrofit. Finally complete, a sunny tile and bronze mosaic entryway greets customer. Crawford hopes it will be a “welcoming, accessible, and kind” addition to the neighborhood.
Sightglass is open at 301 Divisadero from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.