Sightglass (270 7th Street) stepped onto the local coffee scene about a year ago, headed up by brothers Jerad and Justin Morrison, both veterans of the third-wave coffee zeitgeist with Jerad having done a good deal of time behind the line at Blue Bottle. Shortly thereafter they started serving (and wholesale marketing) their own, in-house roasted coffees out of a kiosk at the entry of their 7,000-square-foot, tri-level warehouse space in SoMa. And today, with all the finishing touches complete on the airy space, they open for business in the main roastery with a brand new coffee bar area, at the center of which is their 1961 Probat roaster, imported from Germany last year and responsible for the delicate, unburnt quality of their beans. We, personally, are big fans of their El Salvador, Siberia Estate Pacarama, which will run you a steep $18.50 for a half pound.
There's seating for hanging out along the windowed front wall, and potential for more on the upstairs mezzanine. For breakfast-y treats, look for stuff from Tell Tale Preserve Co. and Hooker's Sweet Treats.
As they say on their site, "Attaining a perfect roast is a sensory craft; its an intuition, a smell, a sound, a slight change in color its about deep attention to detail, and it comes through in every cup."
And as Jerad told SF Weekly last winter,
"I think the nature of the specialty coffee industry can seem exclusive to a certain degree... There are all sorts of coffee- and brewing-specific words that get used that can easily make consumers feel estranged. We make a point to relay this information in an approachable, educated, and conversational tone when we speak about our coffees and processes." And hence the name: Sightglass.
Sightglass - 270 7th Street at Folsom - 415.861.1313 - Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.