Where taquerias and luxury tech commuter busses meet has long been the nexus of San Francisco coffee. Arguably the first heavy-hitter in specialty here, Ritual Coffee Roasters, anchored down on Valencia in 2005. Today, it's one of so many cafés in the area it can be hard to tell the only-okay from the best.
Ritual’s expansive Mission café is the roaster-retailer’s flagship café location and original roasting operation. The company, founded in 2005, and was one of several early roasters to introduce specialty coffee to the Bay Area. It now operates a number of cafés around the region and takes pride in collaborating with local companies and artists.
Andrew Barnett, owner and roaster at Linea Caffe, is well known in the San Francisco coffee scene. Linea is first named after the Italian word for “line,” after the company’s mission to connect those who drink coffee and those who grow it. It’s also the model of Barnett’s first La Marzocco espresso machine of course, now used in the café. After selling his Ecco Caffè to Intelligentsia, Barnett opened the diminutive Linea in 2013 when large cafés were the new normal.
Sightglass boasts some of the loveliest cafés in San Francisco and their shop in the Mission is a multi-sensory joy. The shop is also one of their roasteries, and the smell of coffee is immediately evident when you walk in. A long leather banquette crawls along the wall of this smaller shop, and like most San Francisco shops, there is no Wi-Fi—patrons are clustered together, sharing this warm community space with each other. With lots of natural light coming from three large warehouse windows, this warm neighborhood shop is the ideal place to start your day in the Mission.