best coffee in san francisco series, haus
Haus Coffee is a stunningly designed coffee shop located on 24th Street in the ever-vibrant Outer Mission, a street as colorful for the people as it is for the murals on the walls. It’s somewhat surprising to find this particular cafe here in the latin neighborhood, though; the german/scandinavian nature of the cafe is evidenced not only by the name but also by the spare, utilitarian, and gorgeous minimalist nature of its design. It is quite lovely. Entering Haus you’ll leave a street of vibrant murals, graffiti, noise and a little chaos to find a calm, meditative space of white, beige and natural wood textures. Clean lines. Simple furniture. Windows and Light. There’s a fireplace just beyond the pastry case and a lovely garden in the back, visible through floor to ceiling windows.
The coffee is sourced from latin america and as such, the acid is pronounced in the coffee. I don’t love that, but I understand that this high acid is typical of South American beans. (They use de la Paz roasted beans for their coffees.) While not made on the premises, the pastries they sell are top notch. . . sourced from Patisserie Phillipe in SOMA, a french bakery, and Batter Bakery, one of the top micropatisseries in the City.
The Verdict: If you don’t mind a high-acid coffee, and you’re looking for a beautifully designed coffee house in which to meet a friend, do some work on your laptop (free wi-fi here), or take a break from your tour of the Outer Mission neighborhood (Balmy Alley is nearby. . .) Haus is a great option for you. I’ll be going back.
(between Lucky St & Treat Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94110