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The Best Coffee in San Francisco

Updated on November 9, 2011

Coffee was once a large part of San Francisco's economy with Hills Brothers Coffee, Folgers, and Peet's Coffee all having a start in the Bay Area. Many of these companies contributed to the progression of coffee in terms of storage, roasting methods, and roasting styles, as well as preparation and popularity. These companies were also able to bring coffees from all over the world to the bay area.

In the last few decades, many people have associated coffee and its expanding industry with Seattle. However, in recent years there has been an awakening in San Francisco with new roasters and specialty shops popping up at an increasing rate. The great thing is the amazing variety each roaster provides. If the world only knew Starbucks, it would miss out on the truly remarkable things coffee is capable of. That's where San Francisco comes in. The following discusses some of the best coffee available in San Francisco.



Sightglass is an independently owned coffee company in San Francisco. Their name comes from the viewing window in which the roaster can observe the coffee roasting process. Beans are sourced in smaller batches, allowing the roaster to progress in creativity and pursue perfection. Try these:

  1. Ethiopia Yerga Cheffe, Moplaco
  2. Blueboon Blend

Four Barrel

Four Barrel prides themselves on sourcing highest quality beans and pursuing mastery, even if unattainable. They make every effort to ensure a healthy, respectful relationship when sourcing their coffee. Roasting is an art at Four Barrel, where roasters rely on skill, expertise, and artistry to ensure a unique and enjoyable coffee drinking experience. Try these:

  1. Guatemala Antigua Pompeya
  2. Ethiopia Welena Suke Quto

Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle Coffee are microroasters of organics coffee, deriving their name from the first coffee shop in Central Europe, The Blue Bottle. Blue Bottle is for people who enjoy the actual taste of coffee. The folks at Blue Bottle are good people, paying the closest attention to every detail of the coffee process. Their menu is simple, but every offering is unbelievable. And each bag of beans purchased gives the sense that you are really part of a unique experience. Try these:

  1. Three Africans
  2. Ethiopia - Bench Maji Gesha Estate



Ritual Coffee Roasters can wholeheartedly be described as steadfast and honest. Their uncompromising cup of coffee is entirely enjoyable. There is firm attention given to the selection of green coffee and to the roasting and packaging. Try these:

  1. Hidden Cities, Seasonal Espresso
  2. Retiro de Quisaya, Guatemala

De La Paz

De La Paz is committed to great, quality coffee and the pursuit is quite impressive. They are committed to the community with a focus on outstanding coffee and their passion is evident in every roast. Try these:

  1. Las Brisas
  2. Gahahe


Philz is another great coffee company with several locations in San Francisco. They have numerous roasts and blends with some very unique flavors. I always ask the barista to prepare me their recommendation and I haven't been let down yet. Try these:

  1. Tantalizing Turkish
  2. 4 Great Horses

Hario V60


Best Method For Brewing Your Coffee

A common method among many of these specialty coffee roasters in preparing coffee is using a dripper called the Hario V60. It ensures a fresh cup of coffee each time. With the right amount of coffee, proper pouring technique, and some practice, you can make the perfect cup of coffee and really begin to taste some of the subtle difference between all these great coffees. See the video on how to brew with the Hario V60.

Detailed Brewing Instructions

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Storefront Locations

Sightglass Coffee:
270 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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Four Barrel Coffee:
375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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Blue Bottle Coffee:
San Francisco Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

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Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk:
315 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

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Blue Bottle Coffee:
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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Ritual Coffee Roasters:
1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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Ritual Coffee Roasters:
1050 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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De La Paz Coffee Roasters:
1081 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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    • Turtlewoman profile image

      Kim Lam 

      6 years ago from California

      How interesting...I remember my brother brought home a bag of Philz coffee and was totally raving about it. This is a great hub to reference to when I head up to SF again. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      I can see why this Hub got Hub of the Month. Very informative. I will definitely have to visit when I get the money to try out these places!

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      6 years ago from Monmouth, OR

      Just got back from visiting San Francisco and I went to Blue Bottle. It was incredible! My favorite thing was the espresso...just unbelievable flavor and quality!

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      6 years ago

      I even smell the coffee while reading. I a m originally from Puerto Rico. Coffee is in our veins. I really want some coffee now. Thanks.

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      Barry Rutherford 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great Hub of the Day! Well Done!

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      7 years ago from United States

      Really detailed and informative. Congratulations on winning Hub of The Day and I can tell why you won. Great work! Voting up, useful and interesting.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I am not a coffee drinker at all (give me tea any day), but this is a very interesting hub and I can certainly understand how it was selected as hub of the day.

      Congratulations! Oh, I loved Simone's comment, BTW. LOL

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      7 years ago from California

      A great hub! I look for exciting coffee experiences in every city I visit. I went to Ritual and Four Barrell the last time I was in SF. They serve good coffee. Your hub will make it easier for me next time. Thank you.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 

      7 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thanks, what a great read. Brings back memories of college days when I was delivering baked goods to the coffee houses of S.F. and getting a free cup of Joe at each stop. Intriguing - bookmarked, voted up + Awesome!

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      7 years ago from Oakland


    • freecampingaussie profile image


      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      I love a good coffee so if I make it back to San Francisco I will check this out again!

      Congratulations on a great hub !

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      7 years ago from BIG APPLE

      NOw, this is a great article about coffee. I have always been amazed by the smell, the sight and the taste of coffee. I actually visited a plantation in Ivory Coast whre a cousin was working in 1995. I t was very impressing!

      I thank you again for all the info about the places in San Francisco that I plan to visit soon, tyhe Blue Bottle is very tempting to me. I will definitely use your video to make some great coffee too... for now I dare use some granulated Nescafe from France! I look forward to read more. Take care. Love and peace

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! This is such a good resource for anyone in the San Francisco area. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day.

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      Moon Daisy 

      7 years ago from London

      This hub is like a coffee lover's heaven. San Fransisco is somewhere I've always thought I'd like to live, and this wealth of coffee places absolutely confirms that for me!

      Thanks for a great hub.

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      Paul Edmondson 

      7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Blue bottle is awesome. Going for a cup now! Tweeted and +1 this:)

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      7 years ago

      nice hub really its looking so nice when i see this hub i go to make Coffee.

      i hope i am at Francisco for the coffee day

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      Lisa B. Minn 

      7 years ago

      Nice resource! I have to add this: for those relegated to decaf, Philz has an amazing Peruvian swiss water. It's so good, I hardly miss the caffeine.

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      Carrie Smith 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I am addicted to coffee...I love it! Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day. I think HubPages has a sense of humor by picking this perfect article on the same day as National Coffee Day.

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      bell du jour 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      I love coffee, and I really love your hub! Voted up :-)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      I saw that today is National Coffee Day, so this is a great selection for Hub of the Day. Congratulations. Excellent hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm not a fan of coffee but this hub is superb! Congrats on the Hub Of The Day and with today being National Coffee Day that makes this hub extra special! Voted UP!

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      7 years ago from Florida, USA

      I can't let the day pass without having a cup of coffee or two..because of the nature of my work,it has been my daily ritual already to drink coffee during work or during the break.

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      7 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on Hub of the Day. Any hub that teaches such good stuff about coffee earns the title! Thanks for tips on new-to-me brands and the video is great--he's modest but it's real! Love that it isn't full of flash that distracts.

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      Matt Stark 

      7 years ago from Albany, CA

      Thanks for the kind words everyone. Some of these coffees can be ordered through mail. It's worth a shot if some of you aren't near San Francisco. Just check each roasters website.

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      7 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Nice hub, the history part is interesting too.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      This is a very nice "tour" of San Francisco coffee shops. Not only is this a handy guide to great coffee shops for locals, but it would be really useful for coffee-lovers visiting the city by the bay. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      7 years ago from India

      I love coffee too but I'm nowhere close to San Francisco :(

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      7 years ago from Fresno, California, USA

      I agree to make this post the hub for the day. Coffee is a great start of the day. Honestly I've never tasted some of these coffees. I was interested though on the proper brewing of coffee.

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      Marc Woodard 

      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Nothing like a good hot cup of Joe to start the day. Good hub with lots of great info. Never seems to amaze me at all the different ways coffee can be experienced.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Your coffee's sound great and I will definitely check this Hub again the next time I have an opportunity to visit San Francisco. Your map should be a great help for anyone wanting to try the coffees you have described.

      Frankly the best and most memorable coffees I have ever tasted were in the restaurants of the hotels where our group from college stayed in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and Moscow when I visited Russia on a group tour while in college.

      Ironically, this past summer my wife and I visited her family in Veliky Novgorod and I found the coffee I had loved on my first trip being dispensed from a vending machine in the hotel we stayed at. I don't know what type of coffee it was but the coffee from that vending machine had the same unique taste as I remembered from my college trip.

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      7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Blue Bottle is by far my favorite of these, though Philz is slowly gaining energy! Our local Blue Bottle (half a block from HubPages HQ) is now carrying chocolate croissants, making my commute exceedingly pleasant.

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      Jay Manriquez 

      7 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      I love my 3 cups of coffee every morning and will add your recommendations to my list. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      I vote for Cafe Trieste, in North Beach, just off Columbus..near City Lights Book Store...a favorite for decades...great original coffee; the owner sings to his customers; all the local color and notables gather at Trieste...I haven't been in almost 5 years but...can't wait to return in a few months. Totally a San Francisco original and located in one of the most insane parts of the city. Like this hub...LOVE coffee; I drip mine just as is suggested as the best way to make a freshly brewed, fine cup of coffee...YES!! UP Useful and Awesome

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      I'm quite unaware about the varieties of coffee you have mentioned but recently I visited to a coffee plantation and now I'm enameled by the prospective coffee business.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I can't believe I've grown up in the Bay Area and am yet unfamiliar with all of these places.. though I am only just beginning to develop a true appreciation for coffee. What an AMAZING guide this is! The map is super helpful, and I'm very intrigued by the Hario V60. My parents have always made drip coffee and I wonder how this compares to the plastic cones they've always used.


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