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Trouble Coffee

Trouble Coffee

Coffee Shop$$$$
Outer Sunset, San Francisco
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Mar 5
  • Luke B.
    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.
    Upvoted Apr 10
  • Shaina P.
    Shaina PrasadJanuary 30
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Luke B.
    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.
    Upvoted Mar 5
  • Praveen
    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.
  • Barton S.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lee D.
    Lee DiazNovember 5, 2015
    Been here 25+ 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.
  • Jackson D.
    Jackson DahlMay 18, 2015
    Fantastic cinnamon toast, decent coffee, and awesome vibes. Great authentic spot filled almost entirely locals.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuFebruary 2, 2015
    Wonderful latte and crisp, hearty cinnamon toast. Perfect after a stroll or bike ride on Ocean Beach!
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJuly 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!
  • Marlon M.
    Marlon MolinareMarch 21, 2015
    Toast is pretty good, great outdoor space to chill and drink your coffee. Grab a coconut!
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony G.August 31, 2014
    Large iced coffee + the toast + eating out front or in the back of General Store = best weekend morning activity
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DalzellFebruary 15, 2015
    Mocha and latte, small but completely satisfying. Get a piece of cinnamon toast, too. Brilliant!
  • Scottie M.
    Scottie MilagroNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Richard B.
    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!!
  • Cassandra Z.
    Cassandra ZuckermanJanuary 11, 2016
    Try the grapefruit juice. Listen to the music. Read the stickers. Awesome espresso drinks.
  • 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!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2014
    Trouble's thick-sliced, butter-rich cinnamon toast is a stellar version of your childhood favorite.
  • EriC B.
    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.
  • 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
  • Lee D.
    Lee DiazNovember 5, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a Toast: go with the standard cinnamon sugar for your first time, then explore peanut butter honey, or Nutella.
  • Gnat B.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CaselasAugust 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.
  • U
    UMarch 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❤️
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 27, 2014
    The cinnamon toast goes so well with their mocha! Grab a seat outside and mingle with the outer sunset locals.
  • Kylie
    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.
  • Ashlea O.
    Ashlea OwenJanuary 29
    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.
  • Amber
    AmberFebruary 5, 2012
    Hover at the counter and listen for, "TOAST!" They don't put your name on it, so you've gotta snatch that shit as soon as it pops up.
  • Darshy N.
    Darshy NAugust 16, 2011
    Next door to Outerlands. Get the cinnamon toast and cappuccino/ latte while you wait for your table at Outerlands.Yum!
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    cash only! build your own damn house is the way to go
  • Allen
    AllenMarch 3, 2013
    Staff is laid back and friendly. Cinnamon toast is excellent. Coffee is nothing incredible but not bad either.
  • laurie c.
    laurie chinMarch 26, 2015
    girlfriend mocha x earl grey lavender & honey latte. of course, the AMAZING cinnamon toast ❤️
  • Tatyana F.
    Tatyana FisherAugust 23, 2013
    Ask for their cinnamon toast. It's very simple yet sinfully delicious. Their coffee is awesome.
  • Ada B.
    Ada BlitzkriegJune 11, 2015
    The cinnamon toast is worth the trip out of the city. You better don't stay home!
  • Loun P.
    Loun PhengrasamyFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SuitsJune 9, 2012
    Get the breakfast special: cup of coffee, whole coconut, and house-made cinnamon French toast.
  • Gina P.
    Gina PerriJanuary 24, 2010
    this is my favorite excursion out by the beach. such tasty little lattes and they serve fresh coconut water to boot. also, the cinnamon toast on super thick homemade bread is divine.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    The original artisanal toast. Grab a slice, a coffee and take a walk to the beach.
  • Patrick P.
    Patrick PhillipsOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cappuccino I've ever had! I go out of my way en route to work to stop here. Cash only FYI
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 24, 2014
    Get an espresso and a toast. (Skip the cappucino, the milk feels like expanding foam.)
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OJuly 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Isabelle A.
    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.
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiMarch 20, 2016
    Nothing to report that other reviews don't already cover- get the cinnamon toast and girlfriend (London fog but with more deliciousness inside!)
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaNovember 8, 2014
    Fantastic americano. I think i prefer the cinnamon toast at the mill.
  • harryh
    harryhFebruary 11, 2014
    Say hi to Carrelli, the amazing owner of Trouble. Then order some of her cinnamon toast. Read more
  • Nino E.
    Nino ESeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    CocoNUT! Coffee and Wednesday toast, the perfect combo.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuJanuary 20, 2015
    Don't miss out on the cinnamon toast. Perfect complement to amazing coffee
  • Simon B.
    Simon BatistoniDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The dirty Chai (w/a double Espresso Shot) probably isn't for everyone, but it's kinda great!
  • Peter F.
    Peter FrieseMarch 11
    Peanutbutter, Banana, and Honey toasts are to die for!
  • Emily B.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Carlos D.
    Carlos D.January 14, 2014
    Great writeup about this shop: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/toast-story-latest-artisanal-food-craze-72676/
  • Nick R.
    Nick RyanJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Most drinks only come in one size. Don't sweat it -- they're some of the best around.
  • Karina E.
    Karina EncisoFebruary 12, 2016
    Best cinnamon toast! The butter is unreal!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseNovember 13, 2016
    Stick to the originals: cinnamon toast and a drip coffee. Espresso drinks take forever and the honey/PB/banana toasts are too messy
  • Mark K.
    Mark KupasrimonkolMarch 8, 2015
    Place your toast and coffee on the bar next to the window for perfect Instagram lighting
  • John C.
    John CapecelatroMay 1, 2013
    Original hipster. Best iced coffee I've ever had.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonJanuary 30
    Been here 10+ times
    PB & banana has been added to the toast game. Getchoo some.
  • H.P. M.
    H.P. MendozaSeptember 5, 2015
    I asked, "what toppings do you have?" The guy rolls his eyes and sighs for a long enough time for us to get that he was annoyed, then told us. He did this to other people after us. 9/5/2015 @ 12:30pm
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GoldbergAugust 18, 2013
    Can't hang with caffeine? Neither can I. They are yet another establishment that is too awesome to consider people with medical conditions. Rad!
  • Trevor F.
    Trevor FilterAugust 22, 2014
    My favorite breakfast might be toast and a cup of Trouble. The staff isn't fond of photos.
  • Chelsea V.
    Chelsea VKJanuary 16, 2012
    The cinnamon toast is a winner! And the coconut water is good for a hangover.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GeyerDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Small place so expect to stand. Cappuccino w/ cinnamon bread is killer!
  • Al B.
    Al B.January 4, 2016
    There's no menu here so be prepared! Just ask for what you know if you are a coffee connoisseur.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FayramJanuary 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Toast.... It is all about the toast. Eat it next store at the General Store's back deck.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HSeptember 2, 2014
    Great coffee and treats served like they are doing you a favor by talking to you.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BallingerMay 14, 2013
    The people that work here have a major attitude problem and be prepared to pay $3.50 for the tiniest latte of your life.
  • takishido n.
    takishido nekoAugust 14, 2014
    Espresso in a cup that might actually be hand made... go sit on some driftwood and enjoy it.
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.
    Cash only! Long line goes fast, coffee is not bad. It's just fun to be there with others
  • Nikolaj Martini
    Nikolaj MartiniMarch 17, 2014
    Listen to the fine story of this shop at http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/520/no-place-like-home at 39:40 min
  • Rebecca K.
    Rebecca KimApril 28, 2014
    The Earl Grey lavender latte was very delicious
  • Kiana L.
    Kiana LynnFebruary 27
    Coffee quality is good, but pricey for what is a much smaller latte than I could get anywhere else. Why are the cups so tiny?
  • Saliem (Mei) C.
    Saliem (Mei) ChiuMarch 27, 2013
    Good, strong latte. Whole coconuts also available for drinking
  • James T.
    James TAugust 13, 2014
    Order, get out of the way, and expect a wait. Walk down to the beach to relieve any tension.
  • Lee D.
    Lee DiazNovember 5, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    They now take credit cards. But if you want to be old school, use cash.
  • Ting S.
    Ting SOctober 16, 2015
    Fresh made toast + coconut = wonderful morning.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeonardAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    My new favorite hole in the wall. Close to the ocean and oozing with arty awesomeness.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurJanuary 1, 2016
    Doesn't look like it, but this place serves amazing coffee- you'll smell it when you're near. Soy latte is delicious.
  • Joycott
    JoycottDecember 3, 2013
    The lattes here are amazing. 3 thumbs up!
  • Joe 🐘 L.
    Joe 🐘 LencioniAugust 7, 2014
    The hipster toast is obviously a must try.
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ ODecember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a gibraltar for here.
  • Megan L.
    Megan L.June 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    No coffee sleeves, but sturdy cups; free stickers by register; delicious black coffee.
  • James T.
    James TAugust 13, 2014
    Cinnamon toast, yes. But they also do peanut butter & honey toast.
  • Anna T.
    Anna TimofeevaAugust 10, 2014
    The place is full of life. Great energy and people.
  • Eric J.
    Eric JamesAugust 20, 2012
    No Wi-Fi no bathroom no place to sit small cups but crazy nom coconut drink, such must be life near the ocean
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeonardSeptember 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try their earl grey tea latte - it's called "the girlfriend" ;)
  • Dhruv B.
    Dhruv BJanuary 26, 2013
    Their espresso beans are from Intelligentsia!
  • Billy T.
    Billy TerrellAugust 31, 2012
    Cinnamon toast. Buy it. Eat it. Be happy.
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LashMarch 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a side of bacon. You're welcome.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussFebruary 13, 2016
    Espresso with a side of death metal. Be still my heart.
  • Alin F.
    Alin FeketeAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Peanut butter / honey / butter toast with a latte. Totally epic.
  • Zach C.
    Zach ColeOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best coffee - but also get a sea salt shortbread!
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MorehiserMay 21, 2012
    Enjoy a big fat slice of cinnamon toast in the amazing driftwood parklet out front.
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