Ritual Roasters (Flagship Store)

While it may seem redundant to write separate entries for Ritual’s many locations, I feel the need to write one for every shop precisely because each one brings a little something different to the table. I love Hayes Valley because of the location and proximity to other sites in the neighborhood, not to mention the personable service experience. Napa’s…

Ritual Roasters

The Ritual Roasters Kiosk in Hayes has really set a new standard for me in terms of quality, customer service, and passion for the craft. Hayes Valley is synonymous with good “snobby” coffee, so our group decided to stop by the new-ish kiosk. These high-end kiosks that Ritual and Blue Bottle are doing throughout the city are incredible….

Blue Bottle (Hayes Kiosk)

Even though I already wrote an article about Blue Bottle, I wanted to write one specifically for the Hayes Kiosk. First and foremost, it is a completely different experience than what you get from one of the formal cafes. Of course, the mission of providing the highest quality coffee is the same, but the vibe,…

Four Barrel

Before I visited the Four Barrel store on Valencia, I was already enthralled by their espresso and coffee served at other stores. I love the traditional flavor of their espresso, been impressed by the quality of  their single origin roasting, and most importantly, and sold on their “don’t try too hard” mantra. Four Barrel is a…

Sightglass Coffee

Great looking shop, impressive facility, love the roaster as the centerpiece, these guys are professionals and really do their craft well. With beautiful decor, well designed, very hip, its obvious that a lot of money was put into that place. That being said, I expected more. A lot more. Both the drinks and service left…

Blue Bottle Coffee

This place has been built up to me over the years as a coffee mecca. True, it is outstanding, and the way their store and business is set up is really top quality. Their baristas are really professional, the place felt so classy, but it all feels a little too overwhelming and based on image…