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Best Cappuccino in SF

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yopoyo Oct 20, 2011 04:17 PM

Any recommendations for where I can find the best cappuccino in SF?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Windy RE: yopoyo Oct 20, 2011 05:08 PM

    Blue Bottle, or any of the best cafes with Blue Bottle beans (Piccino, Jackson square).

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    Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk
    315 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

    Blue Bottle
    151 Third St, San Francisco, CA

    1. little big al RE: yopoyo Oct 20, 2011 07:58 PM

      A good time is where you find it. Cappuccini are like that. In my neighborhood I like Bao Necci on Green St. Real Italian and a very nice swirl on the cappuccino. Mostly open only evenings though. Otherwise for the feel,and history, how can you "beat" Cafe Trieste? Then go around the corner and buy a book.

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      Cafe Trieste
      199 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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        Windy RE: little big al Oct 20, 2011 08:29 PM

        My favorite thing at Trieste, besides the character(s), is the jukebox.

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          12172003 RE: little big al Oct 21, 2011 01:22 AM

          Read my review of Cafe Trieste.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/534766
          I gotta admit though, they do have good tap water. For all else, go somewhere else!

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          Cafe Trieste
          199 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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            TopoTail RE: 12172003 Oct 21, 2011 10:25 PM

            I missed your Trieste review, 12172003, but it's right on. I spent a lot of time in the original Trieste in the 70s and 80s, when Iolanda was running things. If I could be transported back to the time when she made the coffee, I would probably still find it pretty bad by today's standards, but at least Iolanda knew how to pull a shot.

            It's such a shame that the Trieste has remained stuck in the fifties while so many changes have happened in the coffee world. And now there are multiple Triestes, all taking their cue from the clueless original. But what really depresses me is how people continue to fall for the ambiance and flock to the original and the offshoots in spite of the swill they serve up.

            The Berkeley Trieste is a block from my house. It kills me to see them doing two or three times the business of Local 123, which is only a few blocks away and serves coffee that's in a totally different league.

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            Local 123
            2049 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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              datpb RE: TopoTail Oct 21, 2011 11:02 PM

              you are so right! Local 123 is fabulous but the clueless continue to congregate at Trieste down the street.

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              Local 123
              2049 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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          sugartoof RE: yopoyo Oct 21, 2011 01:57 AM

          The problem with Cappuccinos is it's so dependent on the person making them. Few get the cap part right.

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            datpb RE: yopoyo Oct 21, 2011 08:40 PM

            four barrell on valencia

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              BernalKC RE: datpb Oct 22, 2011 04:02 PM

              Caffeinated Comics brews four barrel beans. I always get their latte, which I think is the best, so I can't vouch for their cappuccinos, but I'm guessing they're excellent too.

            2. Agrippa RE: yopoyo Oct 22, 2011 11:52 AM

              Consistently, I agree blue bottle is one of the best.
              Four Barrel (Valencia) and the Beanery (9th/Irving) are good as well.
              Even Peets can foam some good milk.

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                sugartoof RE: Agrippa Oct 22, 2011 01:17 PM

                Are the Cappuccinos better than the regular coffee at the Beanery? I know they roast in house, but I've never found the quality to be anywhere close to the other places you mentioned.

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                dudesinmexico RE: yopoyo Oct 24, 2011 10:28 PM

                Ritual Coffee, but only at the original location on Valencia.

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                Ritual Coffee Roasters
                1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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