The Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

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My favorite types of people are those who require as much caffeine as I do to function. I track my sleep via my Fitbit (PSA – It’s on sale for $80 right now from Amazon?!) and I’m assuming the six hours of sleep I average a night is cause for that. It isn’t for lack of trying… I just wake up between 5:30-6:00 a.m. no matter what.

Getting an afternoon coffee is basically my favorite ritual of the day. I actually stopped drinking coffee for about two years in college and my first year out of school. I gave it up because of the milk and sugar calories and then because I do things like stop sleeping to hang out with boys, started again a little over three years ago because I was trying to get through the work day. I missed the ritual of getting coffee so much. It isn’t the same with tea. I loved going into a coffee shop, carrying my little paper cup… the whole thing.

I don’t enjoy Starbucks coffee. Their coffee is burned and just awful, but in a pinch, I’ll get a tea or an iced coffee there. Also, how are they the only place left on the planet that doesn’t have almond milk? And their coconut milk is full of fillers and preservatives… yuck.

Luckily this isn’t Pittsburgh with sub-par coffee (that thinks it is good) and a lack of almond milk. San Francisco takes its coffee seriously. Actually, it takes most things seriously and actually gives a shit about doing stuff the best.

On a trip to Kona with my dad two years ago, I started drinking my coffee black. Kona coffee is the best coffee – and if you want to drink your coffee black, it’s usually pretty milk so this is a great bean to start weaning yourself off of sugar and cream. So what I’m saying is this is a list of coffee places that have actual amazing coffee since I don’t junk mine up.

The Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

Tiny Warrior (18th and Mission)
I wish I hadn’t planned on eating Bi-Rite the day I went to Tiny Warrior. They have fancy iced coffees (a Moroccan one with cardamom, cinnamon and clove syrup, for example) and CHOCOLATE ICE CUBES. Yes, that’s a thing.

Sightglass Coffee (7th and Folsom, Divisadero and Page and 20th and Florida)
Sightglass is my favorite SF coffee brand. I totally trust any coffee shop that brews Sightglass. Their flagship space in SoMa is gorgeous and has lots of treats. They also have an affogato bar that I am determined to try one day post-long run with SALT AND STRAW ICE CREAM. Get out of town! Grab a vanilla iced coffee with almond milk and think of me.

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Okay this photo is from the Mill but…. #toast.

Trouble Coffee (Judah and 25th)
Another coffee aficionado that is no longer mentioned on this blog said what I was thinking when we were here – these guys are kind of jerks but this is maybe the best coffee ever. They don’t have a menu so basically know what you want or read the Yelp reviews. Basically you’re supposed to get a coconut and a cinnamon toast when you’re here… I got an iced-coffee because it was post Lands End-Ocean Beach run. I’ll be back for you, coconut and cinnamon toast.

Andytown Coffee Roasters (Lawton and 43rd)
Post-long run at Ocean Beach I needed a coffee and quickly. A quick yelp search brought me to Andytown. Then there were warm gluten free strawberry corn muffins fresh out of the oven and I promptly ordered one with my coffee, which is something I don’t do often… and don’t regret. Their known-for coffee is the Snowy Plover which is San Pellegrino and whipped cream in coffee… what?!

Blue Bottle Coffee (locations throughout the city)
Basically SF is known for Blue Bottle Coffee and their Vietnamese Iced Coffee which is made with condensed milk. You can even buy it in cute little milk cartons now. I would go by Blue Bottle pretty much every day when I was on a photo shoot in NYC a couple years ago and wistfully wish I were in SF… and now I am! Anyway, they take their coffee seriously and it’s always amazing and just… go.

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This latte at Jane on Fillmore turned out not to be mine… whoops.

Jane on Fillmore (Fillmore and California)
When I’m feeling ambitious I’ll walk up to Jane. It’s about a mile and a half from my apartment… uphill. Fillmore is no joke, but one of my favorite streets in the city. They have Stumptown coffee (!!!) and amazing house-made chai. They also do a lot of gluten free and vegan baked goods and salads and brunch things like that. Their spot is super cute and has an awesome playlist and I’m obsessed.

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MINT MOJITO ICED COFFEE!!!!

Philz Coffee (locations throughout the city… and a truck in the Marina on the weekends!)
I’m basically trying to drink my way through Philz menu. They have probably 30 different blends of beans and you tell them how you take your coffee (milk, almond milk, sugar, etc.) and they make it for you. Each cup is poured to order and then they shake it with all your goodies in a martini shaker. The Mint Mojito Iced Coffee lasts me approximately 30 seconds. Going to the Philz Truck at some point on the weekend is must-do for me.

Peet’s (locations throughout the city)
If I have to throw in a national chain, I’m going to pick one that started across the Bay in Berkeley. There is a Peet’s “flagship” in the Marina that my dad and I frequented every afternoon when we were apartment hunting. If I need to get work done and don’t feel like leaving the neighborhood, I head down to Peet’s.

Places I want to try: Equator Coffee, David Rho Chai Bar, Matching Half, 20th Century Cafe, Home Coffee, Blue Fig

Chat with me:
What is your go-to coffee order? Have you been to any of these coffee shops? What is a habit that you really enjoy in people?

22 comments on “The Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

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Tina Muir on June 15, 2015 6:31 am

Coooooolll!!! San fran must be the coffee shop mecca of the world, that is so cool that you live there! They each have their own personality to offer. I am not a coffee drinker, but I love going in them. Glad you are settling in so well my friend :) Happy Monday!
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:14 am

Well… if it helps the cause, there are lots of tea shops here as well……. ;)

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on June 15, 2015 7:49 am

I drink decaf, so I’m always down for a coffee. :D ALWAYS. And SF would certainly be the place to get it!
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:13 am

Yes plus you’d get coffee with meeeee.

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Ree on June 15, 2015 10:02 am

I have always wanted to visit SF, and now even more so! I love my coffee! I’m Canadian, so Tim Horton’s is still my go-to coffee place, but I fell in love with Costa Rican coffee when I went there on holiday. I love buying the whole beans and grinding them at home for a fresh brew as my afternoon pick me up :)
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:13 am

Um, I love Tim Hortons. Tim Bits forever.

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 15, 2015 10:17 am

I really want to go to San Francisco! I love coffee and only drink it black now. Although I do love me some Starbucks coffee. #basicbitchstatus
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:13 am

You need to come visit!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on June 15, 2015 3:15 pm

Alrighty, then. Next time I’m in SF, I’m definitely hitting these places up :P And I’m the same way with waking up early no.matter.what. That’s kind of why I’m afraid to stay up too late — because I know I’ll still be up at 5!
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:13 am

I’m always laying in bed thinking… “oh, it’s 11… guess I’ll be awake in 6 hours even though I don’t need to be!”

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Lauren on June 15, 2015 3:46 pm

My boyfriend is a huge coffee aficionado and slightly snobby so I’m saving this if we ever get back to San Fran. I love the ritual of coffee (and the taste-black too!). Coffee all day for this gal.

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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:12 am

You guys could have a different cup 3 times a day for a week and not go to the same place twice here!

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Andi on June 15, 2015 9:42 pm

Great list! I like Coffee Cultures in Fidi on Bush. We have a Philz truck in FiDi on Sansome and Pine every day and they just opened up a new shop on Market between Fremont and Battery – yay!
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:12 am

Oh, I need to try Coffee Cultures!!

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Nicole on June 15, 2015 10:01 pm

30 blends at Philz!! I would never ever leave! I do the same thing with coffee that you did, I give it up for long amounts of time and then I go back… I just can’t shake it!
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:12 am

I don’t think I want to shake it!!

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Whitney on June 16, 2015 2:20 pm

So, a while back you talked about how you’ve become a food snob. Said thing w/ coffee snob. People are like “Oh, starbucks!” and I’m like “nooo..” I do buy them for my keurig.. or if I’m in a pinch I’ll grab a black coffee from there. I got so excited when I found out that they were getting coconut milk.. of course, like you said it is full of all kinds of junk. Way to go Sbucks. You would be glad to know that Htown actually has local coffee shops now (one right by my apartment complex) and the coffee is so good.. they have coconut milk, soy milk, and almond milk. They have a spiced brown sugar iced coffee that is the bomb. Practically drooling.
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:10 am

I know, I was so excited for coconut milk at Sbux then it turns out to be like chemicals mixed with a little coconut… ew.

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Chris on June 17, 2015 10:04 am

I adore the fact that you took a photo of someone else’s latte! Man, you would not be impressed with my coffee drinking… I drink the free stuff at work (no cool coffee shops around) and it is not delicious so I do add cream and sugar. Also, regarding Jane, you said it was super cute and I know that is girl speak for like the highest level compliment you can give.
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Cassie on June 22, 2015 12:08 am

Hahaha ‘super cute’ is the biggest girl compliment you can give. It’s a total girl den. With a buffalo head hanging haha.

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