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Mar 19, 2011 08:36 PM

Trouble Coffee Company - One Inch Thick Cinnamon Toast, SF - who's tried it?

I was reading EdibleSF and found out about Trouble Coffee. "They have a Build Your Own Damn House, featuring a cup of coffee, a whole Thai coconut & a slab of insanely indulgent cinnamon toast" A "Yoko Ono" is a shot of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

Sounds good, anyone been to Trouble Coffee?

Trouble Coffee
(De La Paz Coffee)
4033 Judah St, SF

Trouble Coffee Company
4033 Judah Street, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Another place I head regularly. The cinnamon toast is good - very buttery, and full of cinnamon sugar. It's really thick, like texas toast, but I'm not sure if it's the same as I've never had texas toast (just seen it in the freezer section at the grocery store). I'm pretty sure they make their own bread or get it from the bakery though - don't want to imply they're defrosting bread. Oh - and they have a small selection of pastries, a surf bar, all very yummy and look to me like they are from batter bakery, although I'm just guessing.

    Anyways, the coffee is good. I'm not hugely discerning on my coffee, but I think it's as good as a blue bottle, and we buy their beans regularly. I've done done the whole shebang - build your own damn house once or twice and it's fun to do.

    Generally the place is very hipster in feel.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Pandora

      Is batter bakery the place on Balboa that's never open when I walk by?

      Trouble makes a mean cappuccino. I don't think De la Paz is as good at Blue Bottle, but that's me. I always feel like I've walked into a secretly hip corner of the Sunset, kind of the way Williamsburg used to be.

      Blue Bottle Cafe
      66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. re: Windy

        Trouble is rather painfully hip, but a nice place to have in the area. There's also a very funky gift shop next door that is fun to browse through. One down side to Trouble is that they don't do a decaf coffee, and they don't have regular milk.

        I'm not sure if batter bakery has a location on Balboa. There's one in a small cylindrical structure in the B of A building downtown, and I go there pretty often. Their website implies that's their main retail location:

        1. re: Pandora

          Thanks--it's not batter I'm thinking of then. I've had their cupcakes elsewhere.

    2. Yes, the cinnamon toast is yummy. Coffee is usually good, although I had a disappointing one last week.

      1. I have gone on long walks and bike rides with the intent of going to Trouble Coffee at some point specifically for their cinnamon toast. It's simple and terrific after being outside in fog and chill.

        Don't know the story behind the bread, but it is certainly quite fresh. I know Outerlands makes a Tartine-style sourdough loaf; this is a sweet loaf.

        1. CASH ONLY! We went to Trouble Coffee Company on a rainy weekday. It's a tiny place with seating maybe for 7 people.

          You can get a Young Coconut, Regular coffee, & their Famous Cinnamon Toast for $8 called "Build Your Own Damn House". $1 more if you want an Espresso drink.

          Found out they get the bread for the toast at Just For You Cafe in the Dogpatch. They also use Goody Goodie for cookies & Batter Bakery for some stuff like the Pumpkin Bread.

          We got:

          Regular coffee $2 - B. liked it.
          1" Cinnamon Toast $2.5 - Yummy. It's cut thick, toasted, then butter, brown sugar & cinnamon. We shared it so he cut it in half. Pic below.

          I got the Cappuccino $3.5 - liked it fine. Kept me up the rest of the day. I took a pic of someone's latte w/ the latte art. Also took a pics of someone's young coconut.

          CASH ONLY. My total $8.33. No Public bathrooms.

          FREE Trouble Coffee stickers if you want.

          Just For You
          732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

          Trouble Coffee Company
          4033 Judah Street, San Francisco, CA

          Batter Bakery
          2124 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              If anyone's been to the Red Door, they know the characterization in the story is both on, and off. That's the place with only 10 tables where the flamingly gay owner has to like your looks (I saw a party turned away with empty tables), there's dildoes and raver bracelets on the tables. The fact that its next to an event space used for corporate things isn't so noticeable.

              This is the kind of place that spawns trends more than imitates, and I thought their food was pretty good on a single brunch sample a few years ago. Sharp point of hipster, indeed.

              1. re: bbulkow

                I think there are 2 establishments with "Red Door" ( like there are two with "Java House" ) in their appellation. (I've never been to either one.) The dildo-y one is at Pine (Bush?)near Franklin, the other is in SOMA, so the characterization may not be so far off.

                1. re: little big al

                  AH, you have the key

                  Red Door Cafe vs Red Door Coffee. The article says just "Red Door", a coffee house.

                  Red Door Coffee is the daytime/morning version of 111 Minna, which is an event space, so it all fits.

                  No relation to Red Door Cafe, which I do heartily recommend.