Got a shot of espresso and a single cup pour over of an El Salvador at Sight Glass today. Was super impressed with the whole experience. The shot was great, sweet and complex heavy and well balanced. The El Salvador was awesome, juicy, sweet acidity and FULL bodied.
Also stopped by Four Barrel but I wasn't as impressed with their offerings. It was good but the espresso, I think a S.O. Costa Rica was a little on the bright side, I like a pretty bright espresso too, although it was a little too bright it had a nice gram cracker like complexity to it. The coffee, from what I could gather the same Costa Rica as the espresso, was a little flat. It was brewed in a french press so it may just be the preparation that I didn't care for too much. Really cool space and vibe at Four Barrel though. I enjoyed watching the roaster work as I sipped my coffee and was surprised how quiet their Probat was. I couldn't really hear the roaster running but could clearly hear first crack from 15 feet away.
I also picked up a bag of beans at each spot a Costa Rica, Los Angeles, Las Flores from Sight Glass and a Ethiopia Welena Suke Quto form Four Barrel.
San Francisco is a charmed city. I was a little jealous, to say the least, when the roasters at Sight Glass showed up for work with wet, wetsuits apparently just after a surf in some fun looking conditions at Ocean Beach. Can't wait for the first day of the roasting workshop in the morning.
a top rated sf italian restaurant.
on 3rd st @ stillman.
tell rhiannon, danny latte sent ya!
San Francisco: Ritual is another place to check out. And down the street from Ritual is a great Thai restaurant.
Santa Cruz: There used to be a place downtown on the main street - but don't know if its there any more.
Have a great time.