I have a friend dear friend and lover of coffee that is moving to San Francisco today. He comes into the shop for a press pot a couple of times a week. He is on a week long road trip to the bay area with a new job at the other end. So I ask all of my peers out there for suggestions of shops he needs to visit. Especially those I probably have not heard of here in the Mid-West.
I travel to SF regularly and love the coffee scene. You've got to have him stop at my three favorites.
Ritual Roasters on Valencia and 21st - Incredible shop with a great staff and amazing pastries. It doesn't hurt that they have a clover to tempt you.
Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia and 15th - Right down the street from Ritual, Four Barrel offers great coffee in a hunting lodge type shop.
Blue Bottle Coffee on Mint st and Jessie St - This place made me love New Orleans Style ice coffee. They also have an enormous kyoto ice coffee machine and a halogen vacuum pot lab. This place is phenomenal, ascetically and quality.
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