On our final day in San Francisco last spring, we met up with an old friend for breakfast at Sightglass Coffee’s expansive roastery and coffeehouse. This was our second Sightglass visit, we stopped by their SFMoMA outpost for coffee the day before. The wait was long and the service was rushed, but the coffee was seriously good, so we took this opportunity to try them out once more. This time on their home turf.
Located in San Francisco’s SoMa district, this flagship two-storey café opens up into a brightly lit spacious hall with high ceilings, decked in wood and metal, evoking a cozy warehouse setting.
A large circular bar with a cool in-built pastry case sits at the center. Sacks filled with coffee beans dot the corners and to the side at the front, is an operational roasting station. The heady smell of roasting coffee beans permeates the air like the promise of things to come. There is ample seating spread out on both floors, you can sit by the roastery and watch the action, or sit in the loft space upstairs where it’s quieter with views of the ground floor activities.
With a variety of carefully crafted coffee beverages to choose from, and an affagato bar upstairs, it’s the ideal spot to sit around for hours chit chatting with an old friend.
I ordered an almond milk latte, which was delightfully smooth and flavourful. Their vanilla cold brew and Cascara shrub come highly recommended, and of course, the affagato bar upstairs, which is certainly on my list for next time. My drink was paired with a scone and cookie, chosen from a selection of treats sourced from local bakeries.