We believe that knowing the story behind your coffee is a powerful link from the cup to the wider world.
Sourcing green coffee is at the heart of what we do here at Sightglass. From the farmer who cultivates the coffee plant to the roaster who determines how best to express its unique attributes, there are countless people throughout coffee’s journey that help shape and develop it. Our objective as a coffee roasting company is to develop and build relationships at origin and recognize the intentions of the people who have contributed to producing our coffees, both large and small. We roast all coffees in house, in small batches, taking meticulous care to draw out the finest, most nuanced characteristics of each. We take pride in our work, striving to deliver excellence in every cup served on bar and every box that leaves our shelves.
In 2009, we began with a small, rickety service-cart in San Francisco’s SoMa district. Equipped with a few Chemex pots and a leaky espresso machine, we served coffee to the neighborhood just behind a roll-up garage door of a warehouse. People came to visit us, and remarkably, even came back. Two years and many coffees later, the entirety of this warehouse would become our production roastery, a dynamic and unconventional coffee bar, a community gathering space, and our company headquarters. We’ve evolved to comprise a nexus of distinctive shops, an incredibly dedicated, talented and unwavering staff, and an unparalleled network of partners within our wholesale program.
In 2014, we opened our doors to a vibrant community within San Francisco’s Mission district. This well-loved stretch of 20th Street, between Alabama and Florida, has since been the home of our second coffee bar and roastery. Nestled cozily between our friends at Southern Exposure, Trick Dog and Salumeria/Central Kitchen, our 20th Street café was designed to serve the beautiful neighborhood in which it resides. We source and roast exclusive coffees in-house on a vintage 1969 5-kilo Probat, and even serve up unique espressos that can only be found at this location. It’s an intimate, thoughtful space—open and spacious, warm and inviting. We’d love to share it with you.
Come by and grab a cup with us, everyday from 7AM – 7PM. See you soon.