San Francisco's fancier enclaves need fancy coffee, too, and residents of Cow Hollow and Russian Hill boast two of the city's finest micro-roasters and cafés.
Partners in both life and business, owners and industry veterans Trish Rothgeb and Nicholas Cho founded Wrecking Ball first as a roaster, then as a retailer. The café found a permanent home in Cow Hollow, alongside locally owned boutiques and eateries, which opened in 2014. An intimate space with very limited seating, customers like to pose on the benches for a #pineappleselfie, featuring pineapple wallpaper by Hygge & West's Rifle Paper Company.
Saint Frank takes pride in quality work and relationships throughout the coffee value chain. The company has sent baristas (including founder Kevin Bohlin) to many competitions and returned with awards. A step further, they make it a priority to visit the producers they purchase from so the coffee is given full justice when it’s roasted at their Mission St. location. Their flight selection comes highly recommended—you’re presented with a tray of espresso, espresso with milk, filter coffee, and iced coffee, showcasing the best of the local roaster's offerings.