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10 Essential Coffee Shops in SoMa

August 16, 2019

San Francisco is fueled by craft beer, California burritos and, of course, coffee. While there’s no shortage of Starbucks within the city, the local coffee joints are the real unsung heroes. Fill up your reusable coffee mug with a local roast on your way to work, or sit down and enjoy a cappuccino on your day off at one of these SoMa coffee shops.

1. Contraband Coffee Bar
260 5th St.
Contraband Coffee Bar is transparent about their coffee sourcing, and they’re dedicated to ethically sourced beans via direct trade deals. They roast their beans to achieve a balanced, sweet flavor profile. We love staying in their SoMa location to sip on their current brews while enjoying the bright, spacious atmosphere.

2. Café X Metreon
135 4th St.
All the convenience of ordering coffee via an iPhone app—made even simpler. This kiosk inside the Metreon shopping center is a human-free coffee experience. Quick, simple and delicious.

3. Sightglass Coffee
270 Seventh St.
Plenty of seating and its roasting area on display makes Sightglass Coffee stand out from the average shop. Stay and enjoy a cup of coffee on the first floor, or take up temporary residence while you work on a project or meet with a colleague upstairs.

4. Saint Frank Coffee
1081 Mission St.
Named for Saint Francis (the same person the city of San Francisco is named for), Saint Frank Coffee models its shop after the man as well. They approach coffee roasting and serving with the values of coffee, people and connection.

5. Equator Coffees
986 Market St.
In addition to serving great cups of coffee, Equator Coffees boasts a B-Corp Certification. In fact, in 2011, Equator Coffees became the first coffee roaster in California to earn this certification—which signifies its dedication to valuing everyone in the supply chain.

6. The Coffee Movement
1030 Washington St.
Clean, modern, beautiful and warm. The Coffee Movement is a fairly small coffee shop with no seating, so it’s more of a grab-and-go kind of place. What it lacks in square footage, it makes up for in flavor profiles.

7. Sextant Coffee Roasters
1415 Folsom St.
Founded by Ethiopian-born Kinani Ahmed, Sextant Coffee Roasters sources its coffee beans from Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia and more, bringing unique flavors from around the globe to San Francisco. They roast all of their beans in San Francisco for freshness, quality control and signature taste.

8. Blue Bottle Coffee
66 Mint St.
A coffee chain with the quality and soul of a locals-only place, Blue Bottle Coffee serves espresso, single origin, and blends—along with a full breakfast and lunch menu, served daily from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.

9. Philz Coffee
300 Folsom St.
We couldn’t talk about coffee shops in San Francisco without mentioning Philz Coffee now, could we? A cup of coffee “Philz Way”—medium sweet with cream—is a Bay Area staple.

10. Andytown Coffee Roasters
181 Fremont St. Fl 7
Founded in 2014, Andytown Coffee Roasters was created to be your neighborhood coffee shop with the vibe of grandma’s house. Its founders believe in quality, approachability, transparency and using their economic impact for good.

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