Seattle is almost synonymous with coffee, but San Francisco (and the Bay Area) holds its own. Mass market brews Folgers and Hill Bros. were founded there during the Gold Rush. Go a little more upscale and you have Peet's, founded in Berkeley in the '60s. And then you have Blue Bottle, which, with its individually brewed drip coffees and Japanese siphon-brew contraption, is in a league of its own.

The San Francisco Chronicle takes us on an in-depth tour of the city's coffee culture, name-checking old standbys, "new-wave roasters," and a couple noteworthy restaurant cups.

If you're a coffeehound from the Bay Area, you're probably familiar with a lot of these places, but it's a nice primer for anyone who isn't.


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