Sightglass is a San Francisco grown and thoughtfully designed coffee company with humble roots starting as a coffee cart in SoMa. Since then, the sibling-owned roaster has grown to have a few brick and mortar cafes around their home city, and most recently, a spacious marketplace and roaster location in LA (incidentally right by another SF favorite, Tartine).
Sightglass prides itself in meticulous sourcing and local roasting (with roasters in both cities). Their attention to detail is reflected not only in the product, but also in the spaces and the packaging. The name itself is, according to their website, inspired by the sightglass in their vintage PROBAT coffee roaster, a little window into the magic of roasting coffee. The cafés are popular for a reason, an inviting space to celebrate coffee, always fresh, and often paired with something delicious. Not to mention photogenic as hell. Whether you’re a norcal or socal person, as long as you’re a coffee person, Sightglass is an easy favorite.
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|Hours||8am – 3pm every day (COVID hours)|
|Price||$$ – your standard indie coffee shop prices|
|Aesthetic||a delicate balance between modern warehouse and with details that hint at old world charm|
Go here for: everyday coffee needs
Order this: vanilla ice cold coffee on a hot day, or if you’re indecisive and in a hurry, just go with a quick cup drip coffee – the selection rotates day to day
Amount of time to spend: great for stopping by to-go, or sticking around to hang out, all of the locations have plenty of seating
When to come: any time you need a pick me up
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Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: November 2020