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Blue Bottle Coffee Co./Mint Plaza/SOMA

Pros: The coffee-making gear is remarkable and so is the coffee
Cons: Morning rush hour service is really slow
Best For: The most discerning coffee drinkers

Blue Bottle Mint Plaza CafeYou won't be brewing coffee like this at home unless you can fork over 20 grand for a five-light siphon bar made in Japan. Here at Mint Plaza Cafe, the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. utilizes two other machines, equally as fascinating, to serve up some of the most sought after coffee on the West Coast. WIll it be something from the siphon bar, the Kyoto-style iced coffee apparatus, or a cup of brain-jolting bean drink from the San Marco copper lever machine?

Breakfast and lunch are prepared with the "finest local, organic and sustainable ingredients" but it's okay to come just for a coffee fix and sit a spell. The perfect arrival time: 10am when the downtown crowd is tucked away into the surrounding office buildings and the place grows quiet.

Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Mint Plaza Cafe
66 Mint St. (tween Jessie & Mission)
San Francisco, 94103
Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-4pm