America's Coolest Coffeehouses

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Find out what’s brewing at these coffeehouses with friendly baristas, fancy espresso machines, and plenty of local flavor.

Blue Bottle Coffee: San Francisco

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Blue Bottle is one of the major shrines on the national coffee circuit. The shop at Mint Plaza is small, with big windows. Inside it’s like a mad-scientist’s laboratory whose devices are designed to torture the bean and make it yield its secrets. The staff is well versed, the single-origin coffee changes weekly, and there’s never a Blue Bottle too far away, whether you’re sightseeing at SFMOMA or the Ferry Building.

Local Knowledge: When the weather warms, try the flavorful Kyoto-style iced coffee, which involves an eight-hour drip to ensure sufficient potency to stand up to ice. —Wayne Curtis

America's Coolest Coffeehouses

Blue Bottle Coffee: San Francisco

Blue Bottle is one of the major shrines on the national coffee circuit. The shop at Mint Plaza is small, with big windows. Inside it’s like a mad-scientist’s laboratory whose devices are designed to torture the bean and make it yield its secrets. The staff is well versed, the single-origin coffee changes weekly, and there’s never a Blue Bottle too far away, whether you’re sightseeing at SFMOMA or the Ferry Building.

Local Knowledge: When the weather warms, try the flavorful Kyoto-style iced coffee, which involves an eight-hour drip to ensure sufficient potency to stand up to ice. —Wayne Curtis

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