Mazarine Coffee – San Francisco (US)

Fog City’s newest arrival is a hommage to a famous French library and is now serving excellent coffee creations in San Fran’s Financial District.

  • opening times:
    Mo - Sa: 7 - 19, Su: Closed
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsiteTwitter
  • price check:
    Espresso: $3 / Flat White: $4
  • machine:
    Kees van der Westen Spirit
  • coffees on offer:
    various espresso and filter roasts from different guest roasters
  • milk:
    Still testing

On my first day in fog city and while trying to sort out a bunch of things like getting a local SIM card, stocking up on forgotten toiletries and other bits and bobs I ended up wandering down Market Street when I stumbled up a brand new coffee shop that I only noticed because I accidentally peered into the window and immediately spotting the Kees van der Westen Spirit on the counter. Now, that was a very pleasant surprise on this Monday afternoon. I approached the door to find a note stuck to the inside of the window, which informed me: “Mazarine Coffee opening soon – while we’re getting everything ready you’re welcome to come in, try our coffees and give us feedback.” Even before I had finished reading the note I was already one foot inside the venue.

Cappuccinos

Cappuccinos

There was quite a bit of activity going on inside with a bunch of people typing away on their laptops while some others were putting stools on tables or cleaning the bar. So I approached the person closest to me and asked: “Hey, what’s happening here? Can I have some coffee?” Jason Miller, who is the drip coffee lead and vibe manager (love this) apologized for the fact that they just started cleaning the espresso machine but offered me one of their drip coffees instead, which clearly I did not object to. After introducing myself and and giving him the Coffeevine pitch, Jason went out of the way to present to me to his fellow team mates and explain the story behind Mazarine Coffee, which put a perfect touch on my first few hours in California’s most beautiful city.

The beautiful bar and wall details

The beautiful bar and wall details

Mazarine Coffee, which only opened its doors to the public last Tuesday (16th of December) was founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Hamid Rafati who himself is a coffee connosseur. As Jason explained to me, Hamid has been on an eternal quest to hunt down the best tasting coffees and found that San Francisco’s downtown area still lacked a place that served consistently outstanding coffee to everyone all the time. After he got his hands on an old jewellery shop and turning it into a beautiful coffee spot, Hamid and his team will from now on be serving caffeine hungry bankers, office workers, shop keepers, tourists and other passersby exquisite coffee creations using beans from the likes of Klatch and Ritual.

Jason later also told me that Mazarine’s name is a hommage to the famous Paris library, which was a highly exclusive place for artisocrats prior to the French revolution and later became accessible for people from all classes of society. The guys here want to make beautiful coffee accessible to people from all walks of life and help reduce this idea that specialty coffee is only something for coffee snobs.

Yummy sandwiches

Yummy sandwiches

Next to their coffee offering, they also offer expertly prepared home cooked meals, great tunes which they curate in partnership with different music labels and a variety of craft beers and wines.

So, if you happen to be in San Francisco right now, you should make your way down there and say hi to Jason, Monica, Hamid, Paul and the rest of the guys and show some support for the city’s newest specialty coffee arrival. I certainly did. Twice even!

The team

The team

Spirit in use

Spirit in use

Salad and coffee

Salad and coffee

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