A New Place for Coffee That Opens This Week: MA•Velous

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Photo by Crystal Shafer.

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Photo by Crystal Shafer.

After riding my bike past the paper-covered windows for some time, it looks like ~MA•VELOUS~, the chic new coffee and wine bar on Market Street, is soft opening on Wednesday November 10th. Owner Phillip Ma is offering quite the coffee experience: the café will change its coffee menu seasonally, featuring a number of great international roasteries (including Intelligentsia and the Norwegian micro roastery Tim Wendelboe). Each coffee can be brewed in six different ways, either using a custom La Marzocco machine (Ma commissioned Espressoparts to build it), or manually with a Hario V60 coffee drip, a Chemex coffee maker, a French press, and from Japan, a Siphon coffee brewing machine, or the Kyoto cold, slow-drip coffee maker.

There is also a 50-bottle menu from sustainable and boutique wineries from all over the world (with 15 by the glass). Chef Tyler Stone consulted on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, which will be small bites with a local and seasonal focus. There will be soups, sandwiches, artisanal cheeses, and locally handcrafted salumi, as well as desserts and pastries.

It’s quite a looker: there’s a Siphon bar, café seating, a small library, and an intimate lounge area, plus an edgy, 50-foot-long painting by street artist Eddie Colla. Local artists were also commissioned for other elements in the space, including lighting artist Kevin Randolph, and Alan Quiros for the unique Lucite panel design. There was a strong ecological focus in the stylish design by Adeeni Design Group, using many repurposed and recycled materials, and eco-conscious paints. Open daily 8am-12am. Soft opening this Wednesday, and this Thursday November 11th from 6pm-10pm is the reception for artist Eddie Colla and his mural, “My Life.” Admission is free and open to the public. 1408 Market St. at Fell, 415-626-8884.