San Francisco has long been an important city when it comes to coffee. The first cup of restaurant coffee in the West was served here in 1846; and big brands including Hills Brothers and Folgers got their start here as well. In the 1950s the Italian espresso houses of North Beach were meeting spots for the famous beat poets. Today “third wave” coffee roasters are everywhere and great coffee is our daily drug of choice. Go ahead and geek out on the sourcing, roasting or how it’s brewed and you’ll fit right in. Top spots offer plenty of education and even tasting events. Looking for a jolt of caffeine before tackling the best things to do in San Francisco? We know some places downtown. Need somewhere to hunker down with a laptop? We got you covered. No matter where you are in SF, here's where to find the best coffee in San Francisco.
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