I 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.
I 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.
I headed over to the grand opening of the Four barrel over at Portola today and was greeted with a lovely band and some cool company. We ordered and then found out that coffee was free; celebration ensued. Here’s the latte that was poured for my sister sitting on the counter. The new place is awesome and I’ll definitely be back.
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. Drip’d: A hidden gem, tucked behind a little storefront that sells green solutions. Americano or latte for walking around Irving. 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. Sightglass: An impressive building with plenty of seating. Latte, espresso, and Americano to go with some pleasant conversation. Front: Excellent parking and beautiful decor. Iced coffee, espresso with milk, and affogato with local ice cream. Ritual: Hayes Valley kiosk for Hayes Valley wandering. Latte and Americano to carry up and down the street while shopping. Haus: Lots of wood and plenty of seating; don’t forget to check out the back patio. Espresso for easy sipping. 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. 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. Beacon: My North Beach haunt. The pantry is intriguing and the wall of plants brings a nice vibrance to the place. Latte and Americano. Fifty/Fifty: A Geary Street coffee shop. Again, lots of wood; their chairs remind me of school chairs. Americano and coffee straight up. 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. Contraband: A coffee shop with plenty of seating and a clean interior. Americano, latte, and the iced drinks for warm days. Coffee Bar: This place is huge and full of Macs. It’s a very popular spot. Vietnamese iced coffee, latte, and Americano. 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. The Mill: Very white interior with ample seating. Americano and latte with a toast. Stanza: Lots of wood again; coffee and Americano. 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.
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.
For the full-size, scrollable, and interactive map powered by zoomify, click here.
Here’s part three of three. I love coffee and so when I come across coffee infographics, I collect them. Let’s go: infographics – coffee.
I 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