I ended up getting a place in SoMA (South of Market) about a week ago and the great thing is that I am already familiar with the area as this is where my friend lives. I like it. Gritty to start (at 8th Street) then cleans up as you get towards the Embarcadero. Lots of great bars and restaurants and little to no food/coffee chains.
This morning, on the reco of my friend, I checked out Sight Glass Coffee. I love coffee and have learned to appreciate it black, especially if it’s roasted, ground and brewed right. For sure, I am kind of a coffee snob. Basically these guys roast on sight and brew their coffee thru a Chemex - kind of like French Press but minus the press.The coffee I had was amazing - the El Salvador blend. Great hipster vibe, lots of room, great designed space and yummy pastries.
Buyer beware - if you are in a rush, this is not a place for you. They take their time brewing the Joe so it’s just right. Also to note, coffee is not piping hot - warm temp. only. And for those used to a $2.00 coffee, Sight Glass Coffee is more expensive - about $3.00 a cup depending on the size and type of brew. If you love coffee, it’s definitely a place you want to visit.