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25 Excellent San Francisco Coffee Shops

Where to find expertly brewed cups of coffee in San Francisco right now

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San Francisco is, contrary to popular belief, a wonderful place. And it’s a wonderful place to get a cup of coffee, too. Things may seem grim at times, and COVID cases may be on the rise again, but the Bay’s coffee shops remain small opportunities to see a neighbor, get out of the house, and get that ever-so-important morning buzz.

The city’s shops boast a plethora of vibrant cold brew and lattes, and add to the community in other ways, such as hosting the first Queer Coffee Conference and finding creative ways to raise money for political causes they care about. This list of 25 coffee shops is for those who enjoy quality beans, gravitate toward inviting ambiances, and for those brave enough to trek to a new hill of the 48, for a cup of the dark brew.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Equator Coffees at Round House Cafe

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Thanks to a new location in Burlingame, Equator Coffee now has cafes serving just about every corner of the Bay. In the city, the SoMa shop remains closed but you can still get your fix of seasonal single origin pour overs and espresso drinks at the Fort Mason outpost or the newly opened Round House cafe. No matter where you snag a drink you can feel good supporting a woman-owned, LGBTQ-founded business. 

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Goody Cafe

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On a typical San Francisco afternoon, one steps out of the briny wind and into a seafaring refuge at Goody Cafe. No, the space is not nautical themed, but Fort Mason brings to bear the fact that San Francisco is a port city. Plus, any sailor would be lucky for $2 coffee and $3 cold brew. The food, including a rotating panini special, is not to be dismissed, either.

Caffe Trieste

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The North Beach location of Caffe Trieste has been around for more than 50 years, serving Italian-style espresso to the masses. It's host to a crowd of neighborhood regulars, who prior to the pandemic could be found discussing, art, poetry, music, and more on the sidewalk outside. Just up the street Caffe Trieste has also opened a retail store for beans and more.

Saint Frank

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Saint Frank is known for its pour-over coffees and espresso drinks, most made with beans from independent producers. Its Russian Hill location and its SoMa roastery (1081 Mission Street) are open and pulling tasting flights of espresso and serving specialty lattes.

Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

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Wrecking Ball’s Nick Cho and Trish Rothgeb are known for their well-balanced espresso drinks and precise, technologically advanced pour overs. The Berkeley location closed on February 20, so the Cow Hollow location will have to be as great as two coffee shops.

Red Bay Coffee

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You’ll have to cross the Bay to check out Red Bay’s sweet new headquarters but if you’re just looking for a bag of medium roast, single-origin from Brazil or a Vietnamese cold brew, then you can head to this location at the Ferry Building. Steel yourself for long lines during the Saturday morning farmers market. 

The Coffee Movement

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Nob Hill cafe, the Coffee Movement, is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with a menu that includes wild concoctions like its Earl Greyhound (filter coffee, grapefruit, Earl Grey tea, tarragon, elderflower tonic, and lemon balm).

Home Coffee Roasters

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The birthday cake latte is classic Home at this point. But, to one San Francisco resident Eater SF spoke to, the business’ three shops really are senses of home for her and other Asian Americans in her community. Owner Annie Cheng has felt that same sense of community throughout the pandemic, especially as her Chinatown struggled and, eventually, recovered.

Compton’s Coffee House

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Owner Aidan Compton reached out to Eater SF to let readers know of his family’s new Fillmore Street coffee shop. He and his father, San Francisco born-and-raised each, own the business and feature coffee from Brooklyn-based roaster Variety Coffee, owned by their relative Gavin Compton. Also, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution appears to be a fan of the new shop — which has to account for something — and the cold brew is a highlight.

Fluid Cooperative Cafe

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Powered by a trio of trans activists, Fluid Cooperative Cafe resides inside La Cocina Municipal Marketplace and uses Queer Wave Coffee beans. The buzzy little counter is the first thing to greet you when you walk inside and your menu options range from iced cafe de olla to a creamy latte made with Okinawa black sugar.

Ritual Coffee Roasters

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Ritual Coffee owner Eileen Rinaldi booted her husband from the business for using a racial slur, and the company has reckoned with all kinds of criticism after hoping to serve “a new wave of software innovators, amid signs of a second internet gold rush.” Now there are plans to transition into a worker-owned company a la Arizmendi Bakery. Below all the noise, Ritual’s cafes offer high-caliber coffee and singular seasonal drinks.

Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea

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Both locations of Rise & Grind (785 8th Avenue in the Inner Richmond and 2598 Folsom Street in the Mission) are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and at 9 a.m. on the weekends, with a full menu of coffee drinks, as well as a cafe menu of toasts and sandwiches.

Sextant Coffee Roasters

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Sextant founder Kinani Ahmed works directly with Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Colombian growers, making for high-end but affordable beans to-go. In this chunk of the city, Sextant is alone in offering its terrific coffees and delicious pastries from Firebrand Artisan Breads.

Yo También Cantina

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Yo También Cantina stocks Grand Coffee, also on this list, helping owners Isabella Bertorelli and Kenzie Benesh make Hugo Street a coffee haven during the pandemic. Bertorelli used to work at the Wooly Pig, the café that was in the same location just a few years ago, and the couple’s cafe holds the same great reverence for their neighbors and fans. The parklet, both gorgeous and accessible, is the perfect place to enjoy the signature Oatly Lavender Cold Brew for $5 with a breakfast cookie any Saturday morning.

Muddy Waters Coffee House

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Once rent prices went up in February 2021, Elham Massarweh and her husband found themselves unable to keep open Muddy’s Coffee House, which lasted 27 years on 27th and Valencia streets. Thankfully, their second shop of a slightly different name, located at 521 Valencia, has been open just over 30 years and is still well and good. Come by for the range of in-house blends and the cheap bagels.

Abanico Coffee Roasters

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Abanico Coffee Roasters brought its specialty coffee drinks and freshly roasted beans to the Mission earlier this year. Owner Ana Valle is originally from El Salvador, where she grew up sipping cafecito with her grandmother. Now she’s sweetening cafe con leche with condensed milk and dusting iced cafe de olla with cinnamon in this bright, airy space. 

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Grand Coffee

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More than 11 years on its journey, Grand Coffee is opening a second location a block away from their mini cafe on Mission Street. The shop also serves their coffee at the Grove at Yerba Buena. And, in honor of co-owner Nabeel Silmi’s Palestinian heritage, proceeds from the newest coffee La Llave go to the Middle East Children’s Alliance. 

Bernie's

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Bernadette Melvin is running her Noe Valley institution with a skeleton crew these days, so be patient and don’t crowd the coffee bar — she’s serious about social distancing. Her strong coffee is made with Spinelli beans, and the spacious benches outside her shop are a solid option for socially-distant sipping.

Pinhole Coffee

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Finding this Cortland Avenue shop is almost like walking into a colorful room rather than a business and feels something like paying off your debt to Animal Crossing’s Tom Nook: as though something so rare and joyous could never happen, and, with great relief, it finally does. JoEllen Depakakibo’s charming Pinhole offers David Rio chai and Blue Willow Tea from Berkeley.

Java Beach At The Zoo

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Java Beach’s locations at 1396 La Playa Street and 2650 Sloat Boulevard both serve Lady Falcon’s 1990s-throwback coffee, and its sandwiches and salads are solid lunch contenders, too. The whole menu is available for takeout and online ordering is available as well, with the option to grab your drink via a walk up window at the La Playa outpost.

Tallio's Coffee & Tea

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Frustrated by the lack of upscale coffee spots in the Bayview, Tallio’s owner Olton Rensch opened his business in a former Third Street barber shop after years of selling beans at farmers markets and online. On the menu you’ll find everything from basic espresso drinks to a golden turmeric latte.

Higher Grounds Coffee House

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Owner Manhal Jweinat has been keeping his corner of Glen Park fed and caffeinated for 40 years. The coffee is $2.75, plus tax, Jweinat reminds, but one gets much more for their purchase. Visiting Higher Grounds is like witnessing the San Francisco everyone complains about missing and everyone wishes could come back. Neighborhood fans come for omelettes, crepes, and blintzes.

Hey Neighbor Cafe

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Opened in June 2021 by Dee and their cat Boots, this Bayview shop has gained a loyal fanbase for items like the Hella Black toast on San Francisco bakery Rize Up’s bread and the housemade orange marmalade. Plus, it bears repeating, that the co-owner is a cat.

Excelsior Coffee

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Lea Sabado and Andre Higgenbotham opened this Excelsior neighborhood shop’s doors in 2019 and already had a healthy following of motorcycle fans who were excited to see a Black and Brown-owned business in a very white coffee scene. Recently, the team is fundraising through tee-shirt sales for KeepOurClinics, a nonprofit that supports independent abortion clinics.

Mission Blue

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Mission Blue’s excellent coffee drinks are made with Saint Frank beans (with tea from UK cult brand TeaPigs), and its lavender latte sends folks to its Visitacion Valley door. It’s also got a gift shop that specializes in goods from local artists and makers, including jewelry, ceramics, and paper products.

Equator Coffees at Round House Cafe

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Thanks to a new location in Burlingame, Equator Coffee now has cafes serving just about every corner of the Bay. In the city, the SoMa shop remains closed but you can still get your fix of seasonal single origin pour overs and espresso drinks at the Fort Mason outpost or the newly opened Round House cafe. No matter where you snag a drink you can feel good supporting a woman-owned, LGBTQ-founded business. 

Inside Equator Coffees at Round House Cafe Equator Coffees

Goody Cafe

On a typical San Francisco afternoon, one steps out of the briny wind and into a seafaring refuge at Goody Cafe. No, the space is not nautical themed, but Fort Mason brings to bear the fact that San Francisco is a port city. Plus, any sailor would be lucky for $2 coffee and $3 cold brew. The food, including a rotating panini special, is not to be dismissed, either.

Caffe Trieste

The North Beach location of Caffe Trieste has been around for more than 50 years, serving Italian-style espresso to the masses. It's host to a crowd of neighborhood regulars, who prior to the pandemic could be found discussing, art, poetry, music, and more on the sidewalk outside. Just up the street Caffe Trieste has also opened a retail store for beans and more.

Saint Frank

Saint Frank is known for its pour-over coffees and espresso drinks, most made with beans from independent producers. Its Russian Hill location and its SoMa roastery (1081 Mission Street) are open and pulling tasting flights of espresso and serving specialty lattes.

Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Wrecking Ball’s Nick Cho and Trish Rothgeb are known for their well-balanced espresso drinks and precise, technologically advanced pour overs. The Berkeley location closed on February 20, so the Cow Hollow location will have to be as great as two coffee shops.

Red Bay Coffee

You’ll have to cross the Bay to check out Red Bay’s sweet new headquarters but if you’re just looking for a bag of medium roast, single-origin from Brazil or a Vietnamese cold brew, then you can head to this location at the Ferry Building. Steel yourself for long lines during the Saturday morning farmers market. 

The Coffee Movement

Nob Hill cafe, the Coffee Movement, is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with a menu that includes wild concoctions like its Earl Greyhound (filter coffee, grapefruit, Earl Grey tea, tarragon, elderflower tonic, and lemon balm).

Home Coffee Roasters

The birthday cake latte is classic Home at this point. But, to one San Francisco resident Eater SF spoke to, the business’ three shops really are senses of home for her and other Asian Americans in her community. Owner Annie Cheng has felt that same sense of community throughout the pandemic, especially as her Chinatown struggled and, eventually, recovered.

Compton’s Coffee House

Owner Aidan Compton reached out to Eater SF to let readers know of his family’s new Fillmore Street coffee shop. He and his father, San Francisco born-and-raised each, own the business and feature coffee from Brooklyn-based roaster Variety Coffee, owned by their relative Gavin Compton. Also, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution appears to be a fan of the new shop — which has to account for something — and the cold brew is a highlight.

Fluid Cooperative Cafe

Powered by a trio of trans activists, Fluid Cooperative Cafe resides inside La Cocina Municipal Marketplace and uses Queer Wave Coffee beans. The buzzy little counter is the first thing to greet you when you walk inside and your menu options range from iced cafe de olla to a creamy latte made with Okinawa black sugar.

Ritual Coffee Roasters

Ritual Coffee owner Eileen Rinaldi booted her husband from the business for using a racial slur, and the company has reckoned with all kinds of criticism after hoping to serve “a new wave of software innovators, amid signs of a second internet gold rush.” Now there are plans to transition into a worker-owned company a la Arizmendi Bakery. Below all the noise, Ritual’s cafes offer high-caliber coffee and singular seasonal drinks.

Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea

Both locations of Rise & Grind (785 8th Avenue in the Inner Richmond and 2598 Folsom Street in the Mission) are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and at 9 a.m. on the weekends, with a full menu of coffee drinks, as well as a cafe menu of toasts and sandwiches.

Sextant Coffee Roasters

Sextant founder Kinani Ahmed works directly with Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Colombian growers, making for high-end but affordable beans to-go. In this chunk of the city, Sextant is alone in offering its terrific coffees and delicious pastries from Firebrand Artisan Breads.

Yo También Cantina

Yo También Cantina stocks Grand Coffee, also on this list, helping owners Isabella Bertorelli and Kenzie Benesh make Hugo Street a coffee haven during the pandemic. Bertorelli used to work at the Wooly Pig, the café that was in the same location just a few years ago, and the couple’s cafe holds the same great reverence for their neighbors and fans. The parklet, both gorgeous and accessible, is the perfect place to enjoy the signature Oatly Lavender Cold Brew for $5 with a breakfast cookie any Saturday morning.

Muddy Waters Coffee House

Once rent prices went up in February 2021, Elham Massarweh and her husband found themselves unable to keep open Muddy’s Coffee House, which lasted 27 years on 27th and Valencia streets. Thankfully, their second shop of a slightly different name, located at 521 Valencia, has been open just over 30 years and is still well and good. Come by for the range of in-house blends and the cheap bagels.

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Abanico Coffee Roasters

Rocio Russo Pearce

Abanico Coffee Roasters brought its specialty coffee drinks and freshly roasted beans to the Mission earlier this year. Owner Ana Valle is originally from El Salvador, where she grew up sipping cafecito with her grandmother. Now she’s sweetening cafe con leche with condensed milk and dusting iced cafe de olla with cinnamon in this bright, airy space. 

Rocio Russo Pearce

Grand Coffee

More than 11 years on its journey, Grand Coffee is opening a second location a block away from their mini cafe on Mission Street. The shop also serves their coffee at the Grove at Yerba Buena. And, in honor of co-owner Nabeel Silmi’s Palestinian heritage, proceeds from the newest coffee La Llave go to the Middle East Children’s Alliance. 

Bernie's

Bernadette Melvin is running her Noe Valley institution with a skeleton crew these days, so be patient and don’t crowd the coffee bar — she’s serious about social distancing. Her strong coffee is made with Spinelli beans, and the spacious benches outside her shop are a solid option for socially-distant sipping.

Pinhole Coffee

Finding this Cortland Avenue shop is almost like walking into a colorful room rather than a business and feels something like paying off your debt to Animal Crossing’s Tom Nook: as though something so rare and joyous could never happen, and, with great relief, it finally does. JoEllen Depakakibo’s charming Pinhole offers David Rio chai and Blue Willow Tea from Berkeley.

Java Beach At The Zoo

Java Beach’s locations at 1396 La Playa Street and 2650 Sloat Boulevard both serve Lady Falcon’s 1990s-throwback coffee, and its sandwiches and salads are solid lunch contenders, too. The whole menu is available for takeout and online ordering is available as well, with the option to grab your drink via a walk up window at the La Playa outpost.

Tallio's Coffee & Tea

Frustrated by the lack of upscale coffee spots in the Bayview, Tallio’s owner Olton Rensch opened his business in a former Third Street barber shop after years of selling beans at farmers markets and online. On the menu you’ll find everything from basic espresso drinks to a golden turmeric latte.

Higher Grounds Coffee House

Owner Manhal Jweinat has been keeping his corner of Glen Park fed and caffeinated for 40 years. The coffee is $2.75, plus tax, Jweinat reminds, but one gets much more for their purchase. Visiting Higher Grounds is like witnessing the San Francisco everyone complains about missing and everyone wishes could come back. Neighborhood fans come for omelettes, crepes, and blintzes.

Hey Neighbor Cafe

Opened in June 2021 by Dee and their cat Boots, this Bayview shop has gained a loyal fanbase for items like the Hella Black toast on San Francisco bakery Rize Up’s bread and the housemade orange marmalade. Plus, it bears repeating, that the co-owner is a cat.

Excelsior Coffee

Lea Sabado and Andre Higgenbotham opened this Excelsior neighborhood shop’s doors in 2019 and already had a healthy following of motorcycle fans who were excited to see a Black and Brown-owned business in a very white coffee scene. Recently, the team is fundraising through tee-shirt sales for KeepOurClinics, a nonprofit that supports independent abortion clinics.

Mission Blue

Mission Blue’s excellent coffee drinks are made with Saint Frank beans (with tea from UK cult brand TeaPigs), and its lavender latte sends folks to its Visitacion Valley door. It’s also got a gift shop that specializes in goods from local artists and makers, including jewelry, ceramics, and paper products.

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