great coffee in san francisco: Sightglass Coffee
MUS•e•YUM prediction, Sightglass is poised to become the next dominant player in the San Francisco coffee world. Watch out Four Barrel and Blue Bottle!
I had the cappuccino and it was a medium roast, full-bodied yet smooth drink. Meticulous attention to quality here. Beautiful foam art on top; I always love that.
The space is hip. Currently, Sightglass serves drinks just off the sidewalk from a kiosk which is outfitted with a fancy espresso machine. They also serve individual drip coffees, three blends from which to choose, and I’ll be heading back to try one of those. The space sort of resembles a loading dock, adorned only by the reclaimed wood shelf and the elegant piece of wall art gracing one wall. There is a bench for those who want to linger.
This configuration will change soon, though- a peak behind the curtain reveals a huge warehouse space waiting to be filled, currently being built-out to include not only their immense roaster (they do roast the beans on the premises) but also a very spacious cafe, complete with a gorgeous wave-form bar. Skylights bathe the room in a warm light, contributing to the airiness of the space and placing the gleaming roaster in a natural spotlight. I can’t wait for the expansion to be complete; Sightglass is industrial chic at its best and a perfect reflection of the vibe of the neighborhood it inhabits. Until then, I’ll enjoy the immediacy of ordering directly from the cart- which is fun in that it feels, ‘under the radar’, like being ‘in’ on a secret . . . at least for now;-)
Service is casually friendly, knowledgeable and inked. You can count on a quality cup, here and look forward to more good things when the space is finished!
Coffee Bar & Roastery
270 7th St
San Francisco, CA 94103