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Trouble Coffee

Trouble Coffee

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Coffee Shop$$$$
Outer Sunset, San Francisco
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Trouble's slabs of toasted brioche are slathered with butter, then crusted with cinnamon and sugar for the ultimate coffee accompaniment. It's the OG San Francisco toast, and it's not messing around. Read more
  • David R.
    David RosenbergFebruary 4, 2015
    Here in the morning? Get a Gibraltar with a slice of peanut butter toast with honey on top. If you don't have a great day after that start I'm not sure I can help you sorry.
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    Luke BornheimerJuly 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Trouble has its own unique personality, vibe and ambiance, with a laid back and "you'll have it and you'll like it" attitude—expect chill / apathetic service. The coffee's great and the toast is epic.
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    Shaina PrasadJanuary 30, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    AMAZING!! Favorite place to get coffee in Outer Sunset. LOVE the unique offer of fresh coconut. Baristas are always so nice and funky. The cool wooden fixture out front adds fun to my mornings
  • Luke C.heart icon on user image
    Luke CunninghamOctober 14, 2018
    Great coffee with a side of attitude. Surly alt-chick on the toaster made the visit worthwhile. She practically threw my pb & honey toast at me then curled her lip. See, that’s what I call service!
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChenJuly 29, 2018
    Profiled in This American Life, you can't go wrong with the coffee, thick toast (heavily buttered with generous cinnamon sugar), and a coconut. It's particularly comforting when Karl the Fog is in.
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    J JohnNovember 20, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    The gold standard for indie coffee shops; the owner Giulietta is coolness personified. Excellent fair trade coffee, superb local pastries and, yes, service with a hipster vibe🤷‍♂️. Worth a visit!!
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for the famous $4 toast. Hang out outside on the log and enjoy your toast with some great espresso. Also, generally good tunes. Nice staff, but can be intimidating and overly-hipster.
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    Fiona StripeJuly 16, 2016
    Cycle/walk through golden gate park and get a well earned cinnamon toast, coconut & coffee. It's full of character and the food is so good. The butter, toast and cinnamon together was perfection!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 4, 2016
    Since 2007 owner Giulietta Carrelli has been serving fat cinnamon-buttered toast to locals as well as tourists who've heard about Trouble from the PS story and subsequent This American Life segment. Read more
  • Ed C.
    Ed CFebruary 24, 2014
    Sure, it's artisanal toast. But read this article and you'll have a different perspective on it. And get a coconut, they are delicious. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2014
    Trouble's thick-sliced, butter-rich cinnamon toast is a stellar version of your childhood favorite.
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    Barton SmithJuly 5, 2015
    Their cinnamon toast is the perfect reward for the bike ride out to Ocean Beach. Don't be put off by the price, just try it and you'll understand.
  • Lee D.heart icon on user image
    Lee DiazNovember 5, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    If this is your first time here... Welcome! Ask for the "build your own damn house." If you're not feeling that adventurous, get a toast and latte.
  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Espresso's top-notch and the toast is delicious! For a unique take, go with the whole coconut.
  • Nikos A.
    Nikos AntipordaMarch 29, 2015
    This place is small and seating is optional, but a good hang if you are in the area. Get there coffee with there famous toast.
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    ᴡ DahlMay 18, 2015
    Fantastic cinnamon toast, decent coffee, and awesome vibes. Great authentic spot filled almost entirely locals.
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    PraveenAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cinnamon toast, cinnamon toast, cinnamon toast. Try it to believe it. While you're at it, order a coffee or two.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuFebruary 2, 2015
    Wonderful latte and crisp, hearty cinnamon toast. Perfect after a stroll or bike ride on Ocean Beach!
  • Ashlea O.heart icon on user image
    Ashlea OwenJanuary 29, 2017
    Today I tried the girlfriend. It was pretty good but made with tea instead of espresso. Come for the amazing vibe and stay for the great coffee.
  • Scottie M.heart icon on user image
    Scottie MilagroNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My go to coffee shop on the West side of SF. Can't ever pass this place by! Get it to stay and sit in the parklet outside.
  • Marlon M.heart icon on user image
    Marlon MolinareMarch 21, 2015
    Toast is pretty good, great outdoor space to chill and drink your coffee. Grab a coconut!
  • Laurie D.heart icon on user image
    Laurie DalzellFebruary 15, 2015
    Mocha and latte, small but completely satisfying. Get a piece of cinnamon toast, too. Brilliant!
  • Keith B.heart icon on user image
    Keith BradleySeptember 26, 2019
    Cinnamon Sugar Toast is awesome. Friendly laid back service and atmosphere. Drinks made the right way, perfectly foamed cappuccino.
  • Cassandra Z.heart icon on user image
    Cassandra ZuckermanJanuary 11, 2016
    Try the grapefruit juice. Listen to the music. Read the stickers. Awesome espresso drinks.
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsAugust 10, 2012
    The cinnamon toast is outta this world. Super-thick sliced bread is slathered in cinnamon-sugar butter and toasted until the crunchy top shatters into tiny shards with each bite.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    You should venture out to Ocean Beach, score a dazzingly thick slab of Trouble’s cinnamon toast, and take it down to the Pacific. Read more
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    EriC B.March 13, 2015
    They rock out to great music here which is a plus for me. Staff are cool too. Love the coffee and the toast.
  • Richard B.heart icon on user image
    Richard BullockOctober 11, 2014
    Soy Gibraltar is liquid perfection! Toast is off the charts as are their pastries and the crew is awesome at both locations!!
  • Lee D.heart icon on user image
    Lee DiazNovember 5, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Get a Toast: go with the standard cinnamon sugar for your first time, then explore peanut butter honey, or Nutella.
  • Gnat B.heart icon on user image
    Gnat BrainMarch 21, 2015
    Get a coffee and toast while you wait for your table at Outerlands for brunch. The coffee is roasted on the darker side.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MisirApril 12, 2013
    Super friendly owner who loves to chat. Get the Matador: half cup of joe, espresso shot and topped with latte milk.. Mmmm!
  • Loun P.
    Loun PhengrasamyFebruary 22, 2013
    I always get the cinnamon toast. It's the perfect bite of soft crunchy bread and sweet cinnamon drizzled with a bit of butter. A great way to start my day!
  • Isabelle A.heart icon on user image
    Isabelle AmblerSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The home of artisanal toast! Buttery cinnamon toast, fresh coconuts, and oh so much faster that The Mill.
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    laurie chinMarch 26, 2015
    girlfriend mocha x earl grey lavender & honey latte. of course, the AMAZING cinnamon toast ❤️
  • Avaheart icon on user image
    AvaAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    cash only! build your own damn house is the way to go
  • Emily B.heart icon on user image
    Emily BApril 23, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    I looove this place and the crew that works here! A little slow paced and a lot of attitude- just what I want!
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    KylieAugust 26, 2014
    The place where the toast craze began. Grab a coffee and a toast to tide you over while you wait the hour to get into Outerlands.
  • Jessie S.heart icon on user image
    Jessie SSeptember 11, 2017
    Love the vibes, the coffee, staff and the decor at this place. Honestly it's perfect!
  • A G.
    A GAugust 31, 2014
    Large iced coffee + the toast + eating out front or in the back of General Store = best weekend morning activity
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BoganAugust 16, 2011
    If you're ever in the Outer Sunset near the water, you want to go here. Tiny little place, awesome coffee.
  • Ros H.heart icon on user image
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    The original artisanal toast. Grab a slice, a coffee and take a walk to the beach.
  • Peter F.heart icon on user image
    Peter FrieseMarch 11, 2017
    Peanutbutter, Banana, and Honey toasts are to die for!
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.heart icon on user image
    Cash only! Long line goes fast, coffee is not bad. It's just fun to be there with others
  • Z
    ZFebruary 27, 2013
    The ultimate power breakfast: a cup of coffee, a thick piece of white toast slathered with butter and cinnamon sugar, and a whole young coconut.
  • Mel A.heart icon on user image
    Mel AyerAugust 22, 2014
    You must get the toast. And find the PS Mag article about this shop. It's an inspiring story and it explains everything.
  • Pam ☕️ O.heart icon on user image
    Pam ☕️ OJuly 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on an east to west bike ride through the city via Golden Gate Park and re-hydrate here with a cold young coconut.
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    BommyNovember 8, 2014
    Fantastic americano. I think i prefer the cinnamon toast at the mill.
  • Ugur K.heart icon on user image
    Ugur KanerMarch 29, 2015
    Coffee with an attitude. Not necessarily rude, not necessarily kind. Don't like strong coffee? Don't like expensive toast? Don't like torturous music? Well sir, you can kindly f#%k off. Loving it❤️
  • Tatyana F.
    Tatyana FisherAugust 23, 2013
    Ask for their cinnamon toast. It's very simple yet sinfully delicious. Their coffee is awesome.
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