What are the best coffee shops in San Francisco?

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  • Ryan Brown

  • Entrepreneur, Coffee Buyer

  • San Francisco, US

I really like Ritual Coffee Roasters. It has a container that’s mere blocks from my apartment, and it’s extremely good quality. I worked for Ritual Coffee Roasters for a long time and kind of built its buying program, but I also truly think it’s doing an awesome job with coffee.

What’s great about San Francisco is that there’s three, I think, exceptional coffee roasters. Those are: Ritual Coffee Roasters, Sightglass Coffee and Fourbarrel Coffee. Those, to me, are kind of like the top-tier roasters in the nation, and I have the benefit of having all three of them right here. They all roast in a very light manner that coffee buyers prefer because we’re used to tasting coffee like that all the time.

Katie Sweeney

San Francisco is definitely a city that embraces coffee lovers. There's countless local roasters like Sightglass, Philz, Ritual, and Fourbarrel that each have a cult following.

My personal favorite however is Blue Bottle Coffee. You can find their coffee at many locations, but I love their little cafes about town. Their flagship coffee shop is in Mint Plaza and it's open every day of the week.

Home to the nation's first five-light siphon bar, a special coffee maker imported in from Japan, Blue Bottle offers three single origin coffees that change weekly. There's a simple food menu with yogurt and pecan granola and poached eggs for breakfast and warm sandwiches and hearty salads for lunch.

Blue Bottle also has satellite cafes at the Ferry Building, SFMOMA, and Heath Ceramics. There is a kiosk down a side street in Hayes Valley. If iced coffee is your thing, definitely try Blue Bottle's New Orleans style iced coffee. It's creamy and filled with chicory flavor.

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