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Sightglass Coffee

Sightglass Coffee

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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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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  • Eleni M.
    Eleni M★MOctober 15, 2013
    Best coffee bar AND roastery at the same time,I've EVER been in my life! Absolutely loved the coffee,the design,the environment and the people!Wish I had designed the place!Bravo to the architect!!!!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Matt G.heart icon on user image
    Matt GalliganOctober 4, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Their vanilla cold brew is tasty, but any of their brewed coffee options can be made iced too. It's a great afternoon treat. Drink it straight up, no need for milk or sugar.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Odile R.heart icon on user image
    Odile RoujolNovember 3, 2015
    Excellent coffee ! Roasted at Sightglass Coffee. Try the chocolate scone and the organic Apple juice (yummy !). No wifi but cool place to work with your laptop upstairs. Or to meet people
  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommyJanuary 7, 2016
    Beautiful space with lots of seating/standing room. Pastries are from local bakeries like b. patisserie and piccino cafe. Piccino's ginger scone is small and expensive at $3.50 but yum.
  • Joannaheart icon on user image
    JoannaMay 15, 2015
    No. 1 coffee in San Francisco. Excellent flat white (although they call it latte in a smaller cup). Perfect croissants as well. If you are from Melbourne, you will not be disappointed. Expect to queue
  • Joe M.heart icon on user image
    Joe Murphy LibrarianDecember 13, 2015
    Just about my favorite spot for coffee in SF SOMA. Best iced almond milk latte. Wonderful reading spot overlooking the coffee bar. Excellent creamy roast makes delectable soy/almond milk cappuccino
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaSeptember 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    What to Order: All of the pour-over drip coffees are great, but the excellent Guji, Yetatebe is a fresh-crop Ethiopian coffee, so it’s only available for the next few months.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 6, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Really big fan of the espresso here. Grab a quick cup for $3.25 if you're in a hurry. If you have a walk ahead of you be wary that the cups can get pretty hot.
  • Al S.heart icon on user image
    Al SNovember 29, 2016
    Pourovers and espresso drinks here are top notch. Lines move relatively quickly. Best thing about this location might be the spacious working area above the coffee bar. Great, comfortable atmosphere.
  • Jim F.heart icon on user image
    Jim FazzoneJuly 6, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    No WiFi - yay!! Read a book, talk to the person with you or just sit and enjoy your beverage. Nice to not just see a sea of MacBooks. Prices are absolutely reasonable given quality and expert roasting
  • Alex B.heart icon on user image
    Alex BosworthSeptember 26, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    I like the espresso con panna which is espresso with vanilla bean whipped cream
  • Kaitlin M.heart icon on user image
    Kaitlin MartineauMarch 6, 2017
    Ambiance was so modern, industrial, and had a warehouse feel. Great sunlight and quality coffee - sit on the balcony overlooking the daily grind
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome industial decor. Warning: almond milk doesn't blend well in iced coffee so if you're getting the iced vanilla brew, you'll start to see the milk and coffee separate in clumps.
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensJanuary 16, 2014
    They don't serve tea here. And if you ask, you will be shamed. I think you can order from the coffee bar upstairs if the line is long (tho I haven't tried this top secret tip yet)
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Front and center at Sightglass: a vintage 1961 Probat roaster, lit beatifically from above by the skylights of the three-story warehouse that houses the café and roastery. Read more
  • Jake K.heart icon on user image
    Jake KaufmanJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Lovely space that always smells amazing because they roast beans all day. For change on a hot day, get a pour-over over ice. Refreshing and delicious.
  • Stephen B.heart icon on user image
    Stephen BarnesApril 7, 2015
    Sightglass is a little bit out of the way from the downtown area, but the space is giant and full of natural light. They also roast their own beans here in this space.
  • Israel S.heart icon on user image
    Israel SMay 29, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    They’ve got a loyalty program now! 10th coffee is free. If you really want to maximize your value, get 9 quick cups and then go all out on your custom oat milk double Cortado.
  • Gaia B.heart icon on user image
    Gaia BennettApril 26, 2016
    These guys know what they're doing. The care in which they roast and prepare the coffee is noticeable upon first sip. I have had a regular drip coffee and a latte and they both blew my mind. 👌
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley SasserApril 7, 2020
    I was on a business trip and checked online to see where to go for breakfast. This coffee shop seemed to be a good choice, and it was! Excellent breakfast, various choices, and fresh ingredients.
  • Robbie S.
    Robbie SironSeptember 24, 2016
    I was a little turned off by only having sweetened cold brew, but, the pour over over ice is a decent substitute. And the space and staff make up for it by far
  • Mark N.
    Mark NorthcottNovember 25, 2016
    As an Australian looking for good coffee in the US Sightglass allayed all fears. The quality is excellent and they would be among the best in Australia if back home and they make flat whites
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 24, 2014
    A SoMa neighborhood gem. A Kiawamururu, Kenya Pour Over worked great for me. Enjoyed the non-uniform seating while watching the roaster in action. Checkout the unique bathroom sink/mirror setup.
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CoatesNovember 28, 2014
    I love that there's no outlets or wifi here. You come to work, read, or talk. All while drinking some of the best coffee south of Portland.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FallsJuly 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're kinda hungry, get the lil ham n cheese n pickles sandwich on brioche bun. It's delightful.
  • Teresa B.
    Teresa BarajasOctober 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here to get work done as there is no wi-fi. The mushroom-thyme tart is delicious. You can't go wrong with any coffee choice
  • Tom D.
    Tom DingJuly 17, 2016
    Productivity: 4 stars. Gorgeous internals with 2 floors, first serving coffee, and 2nd for chat/working. Could be crowded at times.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissMay 27, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    The best espresso and cappuccinos in SF. Perfectly sour. Get a seat to watch and smell the beans roasting.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BryanApril 16, 2020
    Oh, my! This coffee shop was good to stop over and visit! I came here a couple of weeks ago. The coffee that the waiter served to me was ashy and caramel. I like it so much.
  • Vyoma
    VyomaJuly 25, 2013
    Coffee here is amazing. The ambience is pretty unique too, you'll see sacks and sacks of stuff- maybe coffee beans. You won't find a menu at the back of the barista either. Love this place.
  • Marc N.heart icon on user image
    Marc NgJune 18, 2018
    I love this place!!! Great coffee, good service. Would be even better if they served a bit of hot food / breakfast / brunch.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Catch a glimpse of the roasting process while your barista meticulously prepares your order and then settle in for some co-working or in a corner spot to sit and enjoy their handy work.
  • Adleyheart icon on user image
    AdleyOctober 2, 2017
    What a coffee place! Amazing space with their own roastery! Cold brew with almond milk was really yummie! Yes!
  • Sara A.heart icon on user image
    Sara AlShakerMay 18, 2016
    Make sure to try their affogatos from the affogato bar on the second floor. Columbian espresso over a salted caramel scoop 👌🏻
  • Bradley K.heart icon on user image
    Bradley KayMay 28, 2017
    Another excellent coffee spot with enough empty space to make you wonder how on earth SF cafes make the rent. The cheesy potato puff pastry is fantastic.
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HowellOctober 23, 2015
    This place is huge and slightly intimidating. I got the vanilla iced coffee and substituted whole milk for almond milk. I would recommend!
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ChoiApril 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great work / gathering space over coffee! There's another bar up in the balcony; can get a little toasty up there though.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 17, 2014
    An absolute must do in SF! The coolest space & awesome coffee. No wifi or sockets though so go to meet someone rather than work.
  • Jorg-Peter R.heart icon on user image
    Jorg-Peter RabanusNovember 6, 2015
    Everything you would like to find in a coffee shop of high quality. The only thing that prevents me from going is the lack of an air conditioning system. It is unbearable on sunny days.
  • Andrew H.heart icon on user image
    Andrew HogueJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic, high-ceilinged space with the roasting going on right in front of you. Try a hand-poured, single-origin drip coffee or a straight up espresso shot.
  • Em L.
    Em Lazer-WalkerJune 21, 2016
    Great drinks, great space. But it can be sweltering in the summer — there's no AC, and having a giant on-site roaster means there's a literal furnace in here.
  • Nikos A.
    Nikos AntipordaMarch 29, 2015
    This place is huge, but seems they still lack seating. Nevertheless, the coffee is superb, the design is organically modern, and the people are uniquely SF hip.
  • Find a Coffice
    Find a CofficeAugust 14, 2013
    No Wi-Fi. Great place to read and get work done unplugged from Internet. A pour over of any kind and the atmosphere will definitely get the creativity going. (via @elatlboy) Read more
  • Tanner C.heart icon on user image
    Tanner ChristensenJuly 11, 2015
    Amazing espresso, try an iced almond latte on a hot day. Sit downstairs where it's not as hot as upstairs.
  • Matt G.heart icon on user image
    Matt GalliganAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Pour over, black. Truly some tasty coffee, and because it's light roasted and more naturally sweet you really don't need sugar and certainly no creamer to cover up ugly roasted flavors.
  • Ash F.
    Ash FontanaApril 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The most beautiful cafe in SF. Great coffee (no tea), some pastries, open space, WiFi-free and solid music choices. The design of the space is the highlight. My favorite place to work in SF.
  • Caitlyn S.heart icon on user image
    Caitlyn ScheuermanMay 28, 2015
    Awesome coffee. Strongly recommend the vanilla cold brew with almond milk. And the everything croissant. It's all the best parts of the bagel in a croissant.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShoicketJune 22, 2013
    Great coffee... Although I made the mistake of ordering a red eye (not on the "menu") ... $7.25 and 2 separate pickup locations for the espresso & coffee. But hey - that's some good coffee :)
  • Liza P.heart icon on user image
    Liza PAugust 10, 2015
    One of the best coffees in the city. Bring a laptop and work on the balcony upstairs while checking out the endless sea of tech hipsters below.
  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sightglass's beans are slightly darker roasted than Four Barrel's and Blue Bottle's. Not a bad or good thing, per say, but a useful thing to know in case you particularly like or dislike darker roasts
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