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Contraband Coffeebar

Contraband Coffeebar

Coffee Shop$$$$
Nob Hill, San Francisco
  • Peggy L.
    "Try the dark white (a flat white with dark chocolate)!"(5 Tips)
    Tim R.
    "Best coffee in SF, or anywhere for that matter."(3 Tips)
    Roderic C.
    "The espresso pulled by the owner is one of the best in the city."(49 Tips)
    Audrey C.
    "Great cafe with good wifi and Dynamo donuts!"(17 Tips)
142 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • donuts
  • trendy
  • dark white
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  • Peggy L.
    Peggy Li3 weeks ago
    Try the dark white (a flat white with dark chocolate)!
  • Kelsey K.
    Kelsey Kotzebue3 weeks ago
    The Chai is alright. Definitely should have listened to everyone and gotten something with espresso. I'll def come back again, great spot.
  • Raghav G.
    Raghav GulatiAugust 31
    Bali. So good. When they have it.
  • Luke B.
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    Upvoted Aug 15
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaAugust 14
    Line can get long. Coffee starts at $4. Cappuccino or other milk based drinks are the way to go.
  • Liz M.
    Get the Blossom Coffee. It's the smoothest coffee ever.
  • Nana
    NanaJune 30
    Get a macchiato, open your laptop and enjoy the chill music ☕️💻🎼
  • Kyle O.
    Quality coffee, but a little expensive. Ample seating, but music can be distracting. Power outlets aren't plentiful. It gets quite warm.
  • Martina E.
    Great cappuccinos, tasty savory and sweet pastries, and WiFi
  • Linda Y.
    Dark white and the separator
  • Colin J.
    Colin JohnstonMay 11
    Been here 50+ times
    Coffee is excellent but the physical space has become quite dingy and dirty over the last year or so. Thankfully the cups are clean.
  • Sean T.
    Sean TraynorApril 13
    Great espresso and pour overs.
  • Ruslan H.
    Ruslan HereApril 11
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent coffee!
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhMarch 15
    The separator iced coffee is really good - two shots of espresso, coconut, honey, etc. The barista was pretty rude though...
  • Steve R.
    Steve RubinMarch 14
    Been here 5+ times
    Good espresso drinks, and it's open surprisingly late for a third wave coffee shop
  • Sibel A.
    Music is way too loud and service is too slow
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainFebruary 23
    Nice coffee shop that has quick service and great coffee
  • Jaidan B.
    Jaidan BrackenFebruary 19
  • Nimalan M.
    Nimalan MahendranJanuary 31
    Been here 25+ times
    Great coffee, but one barista is really passive-aggressive so avoid that person at all costs!
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.December 10, 2015
    If you like your coffee robust, try the Yemen. You can't go wrong with drip coffee.
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxNovember 15, 2015
    They accept Bitcoin!
  • James T.
    James TOctober 25, 2015
    Definitely the most hipsters/sq feet that I've seen in an SF coffee shop.
  • MissBng
    MissBngSeptember 16, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Say hello to the new Tuesday!! Good bye cowboy songs and the endless countdown!
  • Karolina 🦄
    Karolina 🦄September 12, 2015
    Everything apart from coffee is overpriced, but the place is super cosy. Laptops welcome.
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    Carl FrederickAugust 16, 2015
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  • Phil C.
    Phil CalçadoAugust 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee, OK pastries, amazing service. Perfect to get some work done.
  • Elena2020
    Elena2020August 11, 2015
    Maybe it was a bad day, but the espresso was very bitter and burnt. Thumbs down!
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Blossom is a unique experience
  • cami j.
    cami j.July 12, 2015
    baristas were friendly and helpful, coffee was tasty, and it's a great place to get some work done.
  • Victor S.
    Victor StuberJuly 9, 2015
    Trendy place. They accept bitcoin
  • Gabriel F.
    Gabriel FouasnonJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pastries and coffee
  • Lorena
    LorenaJuly 5, 2015
    Nice coffee place in San Francisco but ridiculously overpriced. I ended up paying 7 dollars for a coffee, what????
  • Becca S.
    Becca ShayneJune 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cappuccino or drip coffee
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgJune 18, 2015
    A good collection of single origins to choose from.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJune 6, 2015
    Flat white fell flat. Strong but almond milk was not integrated. $4.75
  • David W.
    David WilliamsApril 19, 2015
    A nice patron named Jeff. He told me where to find delicious kimchi!
  • David W.
    David WilliamsApril 19, 2015
    Modern-ish, (#six)$ black coffee though, =sad face
  • David S.
    David StraussApril 4, 2015
    Wide selection of roasts for espresso and drip.
  • Zach
    ZachMarch 31, 2015
    Tried both a regular latte and a dark white. Espresso great on both, dark white really doesn't have the chocolate hints you would expect. Nice place to work just get there early (only a few plugs)
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMarch 29, 2015
    Dynamo donuts and pastries from neighbor bakehouse and mr. holmes bakehouse.
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AuMarch 28, 2015
    Baristas are not friendly at all and coffee is decent but not good enough to offset service.
  • David P.
    David PhillipsMarch 4, 2015
    It's best here. Takes a little time when made by hand.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 28, 2015
    One of my favorite cafes in the city
  • Ari P.
    Ari PaparoFebruary 25, 2015
    Cold brew coffee
  • Martin B.
    Martin BrownFebruary 1, 2015
    Really good Ethiopian coffee
  • U
    UJanuary 19, 2015
    Good coffee and wide selection of coffee beans. Free, stable wifi. Ok to work.
  • Audrey C.
    Audrey ChouJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cafe with good wifi and Dynamo donuts!
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The Bali roast is like pecan pancakes and maple syrup smothered in sweet, plump blueberries (remember those blueberries in 2013, like those). Blueberries.
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniNovember 9, 2014
    Good Place. Very different coffee menu than a typical coffee shop. Had Dark White (Cappuccino with hint of dark chocolate). Liked it.
  • Tatsuhiko M.
    Tatsuhiko MiyagawaOctober 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee with standing-friendly desks. Open late till 9pm.
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