Hope you aren't sick of SF pictures yet! I'll probably have one (or two) megaposts after this one. I'm more than a bit rushed because I'm off to dinner (surprise, surprise), but here are the three cafes we got to try while over in the bay area. The first one, Barefoot Coffee, was actually in San Jose. Cindy had recommended it as the best option in the area, so we eagerly took it over any of the Starbucks or Peets that populate the 'burbs.
Jimmy tried a pourover (check out the barista's double pouring action!) and I had a cubano, which I think is a cappuccino with sort of burnt brown sugar steamed into the milk. Both were delicious, if I can describe coffee as that. And oh look, wooden chairs and coffee on wooden trunks... not like we've seen me shoot THAT before.
One of our first stops in SF was Blue Bottle (again, no surprise there!) where I pretty much wanted to try everything on the menu. Instead I settled for a simple drip and sampled Jimmy's cortado (er... Gibraltar). We also got a fantastic bowl of granola and fresh yogurt. The light at the tables was great! Another thing we don't get to enjoy in many NYC cafes.
In case anyone is curious, everything up to the picture of the guy sitting at the counter was taken on Provia 400x and after that is Portra 400.
We eventually shuffled over to Four Barrel, another very photogenic space. Doesn't this first picture remind you of a high school chemistry lab class?
So yes, these places had nice spaces and solid coffee, but Abraço need fear not - I do still find the espresso there better. ;) It really is quite different though and I don't know if I have the vocabulary to describe it. All you SF folks, you'll just have to see for yourself! I would definitely take you there as our first stop when you're in NYC... although we won't even all fit through the door hah.