Last Updated October 31, 2014
Why We Love It: Owned by siblings (and Blue Bottle alumni) Justin and Jerad Morrison, independently owned Sightglass goes to great lengths to make sure its coffee is the star of the show. So while the company’s airy-meets-industrial aesthetic is beautiful—and has been featured in Dwell magazine—we think the most appealing design element is the vintage 1961 Probat roaster with a cast-iron drum. Visitors can watch it in action at Sightglass’s original Mission location through a window called, not surprisingly, the sightglass. But not everything here is beholden to retro cool: Your espresso will be brewed with a modern La Marzocco machine, and your snacks will be catered by local purveyors, such as Oakland’s Firebrand Artisan Breads in Oakland, Hooker's Sweet Treats in the Tenderloin, and Dogpatch’s Piccino. Seating is deliberately limited, encouraging patrons to walk around and watch the precision and care that goes into every cup of coffee—which is sourced seasonally from Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific, of course, because as Sightglass says on its website, coffee is a fruit and should be harvested like one. To that end, the team here develops direct relationships with its farmers and spends time on the ground with them, getting involved in every step of the process from cherry selection to export prep.
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