I was eating my salmon at a pretty rapid pace and the waiter had just filled my water glass for the third time at a Peruvian restaurant in Portreo Hill when I felt the need to tell the friends I was with something: “Just giving you all a heads up, I think the coffee is just now hitting me.”
It was the last Friday of my “staycation” and I had spent the day in San Francisco. I had taken a couple of weeks off of work and instead of traveling anywhere, I had opted to stay home. I cooked, ran errands, went to a few events, dealt with some car issues, hung out with friends and family, went to a musical, and of, course, drank coffee.
I have a pretty good time when I’m traveling and going to different coffee shops but I realized I haven’t ever done the same kind of exploration locally. So I had made a list of mostly places in San Francisco that I heard about but had yet to check out. The day I met up friends for dinner was at the end of a day of driving around the city and drinking coffee. I had been driving around the Sunset district that morning and had started off at Andytown Coffee Roasters with a “Snowy Plover” – espresso with sparkling water, brown sugar, and whip cream.
It was such a nice day that I decided to walk the few blocks to the beach from there. I couldn’t have picked a better day to be in the city. The weather was almost perfect. There were only a few sunbathers and surfers on the beach as it was a work day and I wondered what they did that allowed them to get away from the grind and be there for that moment.
I left the beach after a little while there and continued on to the next coffee shop, hitting up a few more before the aforementioned dinner in which the salmon and water helped to soak up the coffee and stave off the dehydration that I was heading towards by wandering around on a hot day and drinking nothing but coffee.
I know that I am definitely lucky to have enough time off to spend it to relax and for that, I am grateful.
Here’s a list of places I checked out over a couple of days in San Francisco:
-Linea Coffee (okay, I admit, I just had the waffle here, no coffee as I was planning to have a cup somewhere else that happened to be close that day)
-Andytown Coffee Roasters
-Henry’s House of Coffee
I also went to Santa Cruz one day and hit up Verve Coffee Roasters.
They were all pretty good but I’m glad to have ended it with Provender, a new spot in the city, as the folks were really nice and seemed so enthusiastic about coffee and their cafe. It’s a good thing they were talkative because I was at the “caffeinated so much, can’t stop talking, arms flailing while I talk” stage of caffeination. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their drinks.
It goes to show that there’s so much to see and do locally and I’m happy to have given my own backyard a chance rather than travel anywhere. The crazy thing is that there still are a lot of things left to do, a lot of coffee still out there that is calling out my name. Not in the literal sense, obviously. Coffee can’t speak.
If there’s a coffee shop in the Bay Area that you think I should check out, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know.
Pictures from my San Francisco Coffee Adventures: