Starbucks Veterans Day 2013

vetday2013I really like this graphic, so that’s why I posted it. That and because it’s Veterans Day, so a shoutout to all those who have served and all those who are serving right now. In the spirit of sharing quotes, just like we do through our .mil addresses on a daily basis, here is the USCG Delta 180 quote: “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it” – originally by Pericles. We adopted it as our motto. I’m looking forward to that tall cup of coffee.

Saint Frank

Saint FrankI made it to the Saint Frank coffee shop over on Polk and snapped this photo of a latte. It was an unbelievably sunny day and so everything came out super warm and I didn’t like the way the color correction went. What a better time to go black and white? I loved how the highlights are so powerful on the cup and the foam and also the way the shadows accentuate the feel.

My Go-to Coffee Haunts in San Francisco

It’s no secret that I love to drink coffee. Of course I enjoy specialty coffees and anything that tastes good, but I don’t mind gas station jet fuel coffee or some Folgers either. As long as it tastes ok, I’m down. I generally start with a cup of coffee from somewhere before I head anywhere at all. Any given day I probably have about 3-5 cups coursing through my veins. I’m going to make a list of my most visited coffee spots in San Francisco on Foursquare. You can find it here. Let’s do a rundown. Since I have quite a few on the list, it’ll just be a short blurb about each of them and what I usually get there.

Linea Caffe: It’s still relatively new, but those waffles look amazing. Iced Americano, since it’s always so sunny in that neighborhood.Linea Caffe Logo Drip’d: A hidden gem, tucked behind a little storefront that sells green solutions. Americano or latte for walking around Irving.Dripd Logo Trouble: My go-to coffee haunt, where the company is amazing and the treats are lip-smacking delicious. Find out more here. Cold-press, Americano, and espresso.Trouble Coffee Company Logo Sightglass: An impressive building with plenty of seating. Latte, espresso, and Americano to go with some pleasant conversation.Sightglass Coffee Front: Excellent parking and beautiful decor. Iced coffee, espresso with milk, and affogato with local ice cream.Front Logo Ritual: Hayes Valley kiosk for Hayes Valley wandering. Latte and Americano to carry up and down the street while shopping.Ritual Coffee Logo Haus: Lots of wood and plenty of seating; don’t forget to check out the back patio. Espresso for easy sipping.Haus Blue Bottle: The Ferry Building is cool, but so is Heath Ceramics. Latte, Americano, and the New Orleans iced coffee; then go look at ceramics.Blue Bottle Coffee Fourbarrel: Hip coffee at the end of Valencia Street. Latte, Americano, and macchiato depending on what I’m feeling. They’re super nice people and very accommodating.Fourbarrel Beacon: My North Beach haunt. The pantry is intriguing and the wall of plants brings a nice vibrance to the place. Latte and Americano.Beacon Fifty/Fifty: A Geary Street coffee shop. Again, lots of wood; their chairs remind me of school chairs. Americano and coffee straight up.Fifty Fifty Hollow: This place is small and if you blink, you’ll miss it; it’s a cafe and a store. Americano and macchiato for on-the-go caffeine. It’s also kind of dark in there.Hollow Contraband: A coffee shop with plenty of seating and a clean interior. Americano, latte, and the iced drinks for warm days.Contraband Coffee Coffee Bar: This place is huge and full of Macs. It’s a very popular spot. Vietnamese iced coffee, latte, and Americano.Coffee Bar Iron & Steam Espresso Bar: A little hole in a bar on Polk Street with caffeine. Espresso and latte. Philz: What wonderful concoctions they have. Eclectic and young coffee. The mint mojito iced coffee is different, but tasty.Philz Coffee The Mill: Very white interior with ample seating. Americano and latte with a toast.The Mill Stanza: Lots of wood again; coffee and Americano.Stanza Coffee Cento: There’s always a line, but it’s worth the wait. Macchiato and espresso. It’s a small little building, but oh so delicious coffee. Buy something and chill outside. Flywheel: A pretty big spot near Whole Foods. Excellent decor and plenty of seating. Drinks in Swiss-designed insulated cups. Latte for Haight Street perusing.Flywheel Coffee

San Francisco and Coffee

After a brief stint with mextures, I decided to go big. What a better place to start than with something near and dear to my heart? San Francisco and coffee. I started to make a huge map of San Francisco, working off a map that I downloaded. It’s in the style of Lord of the Rings with a modern twist. Everything was done by hand, but I had a ton of fun doing it. I wrote all the neighborhood labels with a calligraphy pen and imported them into Photoshop. The major streets are also listed and labeled. All the shrubs, trees, landmarks, and lakes are accurate. Then I went ahead and added some of my favorite coffee shops and spots to map. I keep it updated as I go along and try new spots. It’s still a work in progress and I work on it every chance I get.

What the map looks like as of September, 2013.

What the map looks like as of September, 2013.


Closeup of the San Francisco label and map.

Closeup of the San Francisco label and map.

For the full-size, scrollable, and interactive map powered by zoomify, click here.



HollowI like black and white photography. Although I’m using a digital SLR, I still love the feel of B&W as well as sepia pictures. As you might know, I love coffee and I go to great lengths to find new places to try out. This picture is of Hollow Cafe in San Francisco. I love their logo and how those planters look out front. It’s a pretty dainty place with great coffee and various items for sale. Just take a look at that lamp and you should get a feel of the interior. If you’re still curious, visit the joint yourself.

1435 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122