The new coffee spots just keep on coming, and only four months after we last updated our coffee heatmap, we have a new class of 15 fresh places worth checking out the next time you need an a.m. boost or an afternoon pick-me-up. You'll find everything from sweet spiced coffee to shakeratos to "truffogatos," alongside snacks like Liege waffles, bacon cronuts, and fresh scones and jam. Consider it a back-pocket resource the next time you need to get caffeinated in San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkeley.Read More
The Coffee Heatmap: 15 New Spots For A Killer Cup
1. Paramo Coffee Roasters
San Francisco, CA 94111
This new roaster (whose founders have worked for Highwire, Sightglass, and Intelligentsia) wants to provide quality coffee sans pretension-- they don't mind if you like old-school-style beans or chocolate in your steamed milk. They offer five different single-origin beans (with one daily draft option), plus espresso and decaf. Starter Bakery and Wholesome Bakery provide pastries.
2. Special Xtra at John Colins
San Francisco, CA 94105
FiDi bar John Colins is diversifying with this daytime outpost of Special Xtra (open 8 am-4 pm), which pours Blue Bottle coffee. (By night, it becomes The Dojo, a sushi bar.) They also serve the signature Macau iced coffee, with whole milk, a double shot of espresso, and simple syrup.
3. Trou Normand
It's gotten a lot of press for cocktails and charcuterie, but don't forget that Trou Normand is an all-day affair, with Neighbor Bakehouse pastries, ciabatta breakfast sandwiches, and Four Barrel coffee to shake up your weekday mornings.
4. Fearless Coffee
Lauren Kiino's new cafe boasts Mr. Espresso coffee and a huge array of housemade baked goods (like brown sugar banana muffins and dark chocolate tea cakes). Heartier eaters can have a bacon and onion frittata breakfast sandwich, cinnamon toast, or farro porridge with fruit.
5. Socola Chocolatier + Barista
Owned by a sister duo, this chocolate shop not only offers truffles and treats (in unique flavors like guava, jasmine tea, and Sriracha), but Four Barrel coffee and espresso as well. Try the "truffogato," an espresso poured over your choice of truffle.
6. Jane on Larkin
The Tendernob sequel to the popular Jane on Fillmore, this cafe features house-baked pastries, sandwiches, and Stumptown coffee and espresso drinks. Song tea, green smoothies, quinoa salad, and other healthy options are a big part of the menu, too.
7. Blue Bottle's New Orleans Iced Coffee
San Francisco, CA 94102
OK, so it's not a new coffee shop per se, but we dare you not to be charmed by the adorable New Orleans iced-coffee milk cartons Blue Bottle's now producing (with the help of Fort Point Brewing and Clover). They taste great, too. Find them at any NorCal Whole Foods or your local BB outpost.
This Hayes Valley cafe got a concept refresh in April, moving away from wine and dessert and towards a coffee-shop vibe. Red Bay, a new East Bay roaster, provides their beans, and they offer sandwiches, salads, and a full bar in the evening.
9. Bacon Bacon
Despite the name, Bacon Bacon's owner says he thinks of it as "a friendly neighborhood coffee shop, that just happens to focus on bacon." So while you can certainly indulge in the bacon cronut or a breakfast sandwich with bacon jam, they'll also make you a fine RoastCo latte. There are coffee and sandwich loyalty cards, too.
10. Sightglass Coffee
Sightglass' beautiful new Mission outpost is right next to Central Kitchen and Trick Dog, with coffees roasted in-house on a vintage 1969 five-kilo Probat, including some blends exclusive to the Mission location. B. Patisserie kouign amann and the Vanilla Toddy (an iced coffee with vanilla-bean paste and agave syrup) are some of the tempting treats.
11. Local 123
Local 123 has long been a popular choice for Berkeley coffee fans, but they've upped their game now that they're roasting their own beans, serving a custom-made Four Barrel espresso, and baking their own pastries. Their sister coffee cart at Albany's Flowerland also carries all of it.
12. Rasa Caffe
This cute, petite cafe from the Oakland-reared son of Black Panther activists features some special treats like sweet spiced coffee (made with Bicycle beans, cardamom, and vanilla), and a proprietary chai recipe. They also have vegan donuts.
13. Blue Bottle Coffee
Oakland, CA 94611
Oakland's historic W.C. Morse building has gotten new life from the local coffee giant, with a lovely renovation showcasing a pour-over bar, Kyoto-style iced-coffee drippers, and special drinks like a shakerato and Cascara tea fizz. They also make Liege waffles on an in-house waffle iron. Want to up your home espresso game? They sell, repair, and offer lessons on home machines.
14. Kilovolt Coffee
Ethan Ashley refitted an old warehouse to open Kilovolt, which serves Sightglass coffee, bagels, open-faced sandwiches, and Starter Bakery pastries in a neighborhood that doesn't have many good coffee shops. The fun decor includes chandeliers made from old power-line insulators.
15. The Cook And Her Farmer
It may be known for oysters by night, but by day, The Cook and Her Farmer is a spot for De La Paz coffee, fresh-baked scones, and chef Romney Steele's handmade jams (in flavors like strawberry rhubarb). Coffee service kicks off at 9 am, with lunch coming on at 11:30.