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New on Bar: Vanilla Paste Latte!

Frankly, we didn’t know if we were the “vanilla latte” types. Vanilla is the world’s most popular flavor, and a lot of its uses are a little, well… basic. But we don’t do basic at Sightglass. So when we decided to add something new to the menu, we work-shopped with a single goal: creating something… Read more »

Sweet and Clean: Our New Packaging

Do you remember when you were a kid and you got permission to rearrange your room, and you felt really proud of it, and you showed your parents and said “hey, that’s really nice,” and you thought, “new room, new me!” That’s kind of how we’re feeling right now. After nearly 10 years, we just… Read more »

Introducing: Sightglass Cold!

Until just a few years ago, coffee was hot. The steam, the nice thick mugs, the cozy vibes — when someone asked “You wanna grab a cup of coffee?,” you just knew it was going to be piping. Then coffee went cold. Suddenly everyone was carrying around a cup of iced coffee, and not just in summer… Read more »

Secret Knowledge: Roller Skating

“They’ve had skating beef for thirty years.” Learning to roller skate isn’t hard; it’s mostly about learning to push with the bottom of your feet and maintaining your balance. The trickier part is finding your place in a group of people who have been cruising the streets of San Francisco for decades. Lucy took up… Read more »

Secret Knowledge: Thriving in a Small Space

Next in our continuing series about the Secret Knowledge held by Sightglass employees is Sam Abbott, a barista at 7th Street and the Ferry Building Farmers Market. Tiny houses, #vanlife — living in small places is hot. Always one step ahead, Sam has lived in 120 square feet for 6 years in an efficiency studio… Read more »

Secret Knowledge: Tarot

“I’ve always just been interested in divination.” Divination, soothsaying, clairvoyance–all just different words to describe the universal human need to know what the hell is going to happen next. Juan Elias, coffee roaster extraordinaire, also reads tarot cards, one of the most common forms of fortunetelling. “The cards are modeled after different archetypes,” Juan says, mythical… Read more »

Secret Knowledge: Tuvan Throat Singing

“First, you start purring like a lion,” says Chris Harris, a Coffee Educator & Account Manager at Sightglass. The art of Tuvan throat singing involves producing multiple tones simultaneously, including a low bass note like that of a big cat. Chris learned Tuvan throat singing as a hobby, but it’s still widely practiced in the… Read more »

Do What Comes Natural

If you went over to Mother Nature’s yurt and she served you a cup of coffee, what do you think it would taste like?  Probably really jammy and sweet, and a little wild in the very best way.  (Her yurt would also smell like Dr. Bronner’s and weed, but that’s not totally relevant here.) In any… Read more »

Yeah, We Made That

Ok, so that took a little longer than we thought. Back in the heady days of 2014, when we were still young and dangerous, we signed a lease on a former produce market on the corner of Divisadero and Page. After literally rebuilding from the foundation up, we opened our new store on July 28th. In… Read more »

Our New Cow Buddies


A few years ago, we noticed that every cappuccino we tasted at our Ferry Building farmers market location had some quality that felt a little bit magic, something we couldn’t quite identify. So we went home and messed with all the variables—the grind settings, the temperature of the brewing water, and extraction ratios—and eventually we figured… Read more »