America's Best Coffee Cities 2013
No. 5 San Francisco
Caffe Trieste has been a go-to cappuccino spot since the 1950s, while relative newcomers like Four Barrel, Ritual, and Blue Bottle appeal to the same kind of purists who have given this town a serious foodie reputation. Blue Bottle’s downtown Mint Plaza location, for instance, features a stylish, five-light siphon bar and a Kyoto-style iced coffee apparatus. Four Barrel, meanwhile, challenges its coffee lovers to stay unplugged by literally not offering outlets or Wi-Fi—perhaps a refreshing change in this otherwise techie city.