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Sightglass Coffee

Sightglass Coffee

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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    The experts at Bon Appetit Magazine and Epicurious recommend this place
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    • Epicurious
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    Odile R.
    "No wifi but cool place to work with your laptop upstairs."(36 Tips)
    Abbey K.
    "Get the Vanilla Iced Coffee and a Hookers Sea Salt Caramel!"(21 Tips)
    Michael G.
    "A must, go up stairs to the affogato bar!"(15 Tips)
    om m.
    "Try the ginger scone - the toughest to give up addiction in business"(12 Tips)
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  • espresso drinks
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  • Natalia G.heart icon on user image
    Natalia GorevaApril 27, 2013
    If you're a coffee lover you have to come here - such a unique space with industrial warehouse design. Check out the top floor seating to get the view on baristas' magic.
  • Zachheart icon on user image
    ZachApril 4, 2015
    Espresso here is definitely more citrus in flavor than I have ever had. Space is amazing. Grab a macchiato and go upstairs to take a load off.
  • Luke C.heart icon on user image
    Luke CunninghamSeptember 3, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Great Flat White. Best in the city (so far). Good fun watching the coffee roaster in action, kinda hypnotic watching the beans swirl around.
  • Matt F.heart icon on user image
    Matt FeyerabendJanuary 12, 2015
    Excellent coffee! They have a great selection of single origin, blends and rare specialty beans. The design and layout of the space is excellent.
  • Anton S.heart icon on user image
    Anton ShusterFebruary 16, 2016
    Affogato Bar is located on the mezzanine. They partnered with Portland's Salt & Straw to offer three rotating ice cream flavors, paired with Sightglass single-origin espresso
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MillerMarch 13, 2015
    I don't think I've ever seen so many Macbooks in one place. Neat space. Vanilla cold brew w/ almond milk is delish, but good luck finding a seat on the weekend. Did I mention techies galore?
  • Honza U.heart icon on user image
    Honza UstohalAugust 1, 2015
    Great coffee, great atmosphere. One of the signs that SoMA is the up and coming neighborhood.
  • Jane R.heart icon on user image
    Jane RadstromMarch 17, 2016
    Great coffee, pastries and space. People watch from the upstairs ledge or the front window. No wifi for working, though there's lots of people with laptops.
  • Cory W.heart icon on user image
    Cory WrightOctober 12, 2014
    Enjoy great coffee with a wonderful counter flow at this soma location of sightglass. Sit upstairs and watch the magic happen in a atrium-esque coffee warehouse. Taking coffee to the next level.
  • Philip S.heart icon on user image
    Philip SaulFebruary 17, 2017
    The coffee here is super good. The affogato bar upstairs is also really cool and there are quite a few tables for getting work done.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PrattJuly 16, 2015
    Kenya Kangunu Station, AA beans have a smooth flavor in their body. Extra roasting gives a buttery and more mild sheen to the lingering, acidic, and though mild, banana and kiwi fruit tones.
  • Renad
    RenadFebruary 16, 2020
    Amazing coffee roasting place😍. They also have the yummiest raspberry croissant I’ve ever had 🥐🌟👌🏻
  • Pam ☕️ O.heart icon on user image
    Pam ☕️ OJanuary 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit upstairs and watch the baristas work their magic. There are also weekly Friday cuppings in the afternoon in the lab on the loft.
  • scott ..heart icon on user image
    scott ...August 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Grab a single origin iced coffee. They make it Japanese style: poured over into a carafe and shaken with ice. Tastes much brighter than cold brew.
  • Jorge R.
    Jorge RochesterApril 22, 2016
    Super Hip, I think they should add more food options apart from bread and granola. Coffee is amazing! - And the ambience even better
  • Dan
    DanAugust 8, 2014
    Grab your (excellent) coffee and trot upstairs to the balcony seating for some of the best people watching in the city. Hipster bingo!
  • Chau T.heart icon on user image
    Chau TranJuly 17, 2023
    Coffee was good; service was not. I tried smiling at one or more of the baristas when they took my order and gave me my coffee and it’s like, no-one appreciated a customer with a smile! Uncanny .
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KimFebruary 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the ambiance and energy of this space. Coffee tastes great too for a pretty penny.
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    SJune 22, 2019
    If you're foregoing the pastries (delivered from neighbors bakehouse), there's a separate coffee bar upstairs you can order from
  • Josh B.heart icon on user image
    Josh BakerJanuary 8, 2018
    Really lovely coffee and great environment. Not sure why everyone recommends it for work; There’s no WiFi or power sockets.
  • Shikha K.
    Shikha KaiwarDecember 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great space with lots of natural light. The pistachio croissant is in the top 5 best croissants I've ever had.
  • Trevorheart icon on user image
    TrevorMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Really beautiful split-level space with really excellent coffee and great sweet and savoury pastries. Watch the coffee being roasted and bagged while you drink.
  • Marta T.heart icon on user image
    Marta TapperoJuly 2, 2016
    Sightless just never disease to amaze me. The space is great, the coffee is delicious, I wish I lived closer to go more!
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissOctober 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The best single origin pour over iced coffees I've ever had. That's a mouthful.
  • Yuriy L.heart icon on user image
    Yuriy LipatovMarch 11, 2016
    My favorite coffee shop in SF. If you care about coffee as I do you should visit this place, at list couple of times.
  • Marc
    MarcMay 19, 2016
    Good place to sit and have a coffee. Also a place where you can do some work. Only be sure to have a charged laptop. Did not find any power plugs.
  • Brittany A.
    Brittany AtkinsonJanuary 8, 2014
    The vanilla cold brew was heaven in a mason jar. This place is gorgeous and huge yet still comfy.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJune 11, 2019
    The baristas look like they’d rather be anywhere than here, but the coffee is top notch and the atmosphere is fantastic.
  • Galileu N.
    Galileu NogueiraJuly 9, 2014
    Good place to chill out! Ask for the Hot Chocolate just if you don't like sweet ones. Chocolate chip is good as 4 cheese savory.
  • Thê-Minh T.heart icon on user image
    Thê-Minh TrinhSeptember 2, 2014
    Very nice place with a cool mezzanine. You can order tasty pastries with your coffee.
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HousewrightApril 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The most aesthetically pleasing shop in the Bay Area. Music volume is perfect. Coffees are splendid, pastries lovely. Not a cheap date, but you will score.
  • Oz L.heart icon on user image
    Oz LublingJune 17, 2015
    The iced almond latte is super refreshing. This place is the crossroads of the SF tech scene.
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin McKissickApril 23, 2017
    The coffee is great as was expected, but the two story interior and buzzing atmosphere was a big plus
  • Jessica C.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ChangOctober 7, 2012
    Despite the initial feeling of excessive hipsterism, the space is spacious and airy, coffee best in the city, fun people watching, nice baristas (yes, really).
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael GillDecember 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee shop and in house roasters! Plenty of space inside. A must, go up stairs to the affogato bar!
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OSeptember 30, 2014
    The ginger scone was amazing. Espresso was strong. Great people watching from the 2nd floor.
  • Hanahheart icon on user image
    HanahMarch 3, 2016
    Try the sparkling Cascara Shrub with cherries. A nice alternative when you've had too much caffeine.
  • Kyleheart icon on user image
    KyleJuly 3, 2015
    Love the coffee here. Appears to be a good spot to work too. The everything croissant unlike anything I've had before.
  • Leah C.heart icon on user image
    Leah Candelaria-TylerAugust 6, 2014
    Airy and bright - great place to enjoy a book and cup of coffee. I do wish the had bigger sizes of the to-go drip :)
  • Eva F.
    Eva FröhlichApril 19, 2014
    Go here if you crave good coffee made with the demanded patience and love. Soo good when the coffee is brewed to is best taste!
  • Erica J. S.
    Erica J. SimpsonOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't leave here without a Hooker's Sweet Treat to go with your coffee. Relax people, it's a delicious hand dipped caramel. Made locally, of course!
  • Alex L.heart icon on user image
    Alex LeungAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great environment. Delicious beans, sweet lattes, freshly roasted in house. The one microroaster u MUST check out when in the city :)
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LunøeAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Espressos, Cappuccinos or pour overs. Please taste the coffee and not drown it in milk
  • timoni w.
    timoni westApril 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Certainly the most beautiful of the High-End Coffee Shops, if not the most friendly; worth visiting anyway, for the coffee and ambiance.
  • Martin R.
    Martin RisgaardFebruary 26, 2014
    See the coffee you order being roasted right there in the store. Pretty cool but not what you'd call a cosy place - still worth a visit.
  • Satyajeet P.heart icon on user image
    Satyajeet PalJuly 14, 2013
    Really cool place to grab a cup of good coffee. Bring your bike inside, convenient!
  • Chat S.
    Chat SportsJune 26, 2017
    Great coffee, but...they need to get WIFI!! Its close to the Chat Sports office, we would use more often for meetings if there was wifi.
  • Ashley Y.heart icon on user image
    Ashley YueSeptember 6, 2018
    Can’t beat the affogato at this location. They don’t have it on the menu at their other branches.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McInernyApril 19, 2013
    An incredibly dark and rich roast, but also crazy smooth. If you love coffee, definitely stop here. Your mouth will be delighted.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GaalFebruary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The usual laptop crowd stays away because of the lack of Wi-Fi and power plugs, and that's a good thing. This way, the coffee and the surroundings get the attention they deserve.
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