saint frank

coffee for the city, from the source

Saint Frank is a local coffee bar and brand that evokes the spirit of the city’s namesake, Saint Francis, who saw the value in simple and everyday things. Saint Frank (the coffee brand) treats coffee as more than a commodity, but an opportunity to connect with communities across thousands of miles from small scale farmers to urban coffee drinkers. Through a seasonal program with various farmers, investing in the local communities through longterm partnerships that offer consumers recurring rotating selections throughout the year.

In addition to selling beans online and in wholesale, they currently operate one cafe in San Francisco (in Russian Hill) and one in Menlo Park (plus another embedded in the Facebook offices). The space is bright and airy, pretty simply adorned with a neutral, natural palette so the focus is on the coffee and the people. As for the coffee? It’s on par with the best of the city, for a city that is pretty snobbish about its coffee.

the details

Address2340 Polk St, San Francisco
1081 Mission St, San Francisco (currently closed)
Hours7am – 6pm every day
Price$$ – pretty standard third wave coffee pricing
Aestheticsimple, minimalist, airy, ever so slightly gilded 

good to know

Go here for: coffee in a nice, peaceful, sunny setting

Order this: the almond macadamia latte is a decadent choice (nut milk is made in house!), or opt for a pour over to really appreciate the beans

Amount of time to spend: 30 minutes, an hour for a leisurely coffee break

When to come: any time you need a coffee fix or to restock on beans

Getting here: 

  • Russian Hill: this location is mostly accessible by bus (Van Ness Ave). Street parking can be tough to find.
  • SOMA: this location is just a block away from the Civic Center BART stop and Market and 7th St MUNI and bus stop.

Other things to note: 

  • They have free wifi but the limited seating and lack of outlets makes it not great for working.
  • They carry a decent pastry selection from Craftsman & Wolves.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: October 2021

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