Slow Coffee in the Fast Lane: Coffee Bar Opens on Montgomery Street


The Kalita Wave coffee dripper. Photo by Rebecca Kinney. ©


Exterior photo by Rebecca Kinney. ©

A report by Rebecca Kinney, tablehopper intern: Are you late for work and you just need a good cup of coffee? Or do you have a few extra minutes for a handcrafted pour? In either situation, the new ~COFFEE BAR~ on Montgomery Street has you covered. The newly opened second location has drip coffee ready to go as well as a coffee “slow bar.” Those with an extra three to five minutes can choose from about three different blends, which are then brewed in a Kalita Wave coffee dripper. The dripper looks like a standard cone but it has a flat bottom, which helps to extract the grounds evenly.

Mocha lovers can choose from Guittard chocolate or a blend by Michael Recchiuti. Recchiuti also worked with one of Coffee Bar’s owners, Luigi Di Ruocco, to achieve the perfect ratio of espresso, milk, and chocolate (Luigi is the son of Carlo Di Ruocco, the original Mr. Espresso). Coffee Bar will prepare tea from Five Mountains, and chai from Radio Africa & Kitchen. Here’s a pic of the menu as it stands. Coffee Bar uses their own syrups, including a house-infused vanilla bean syrup. Coffee Bar will serve Anthony’s Cookies, croissants and kouign-amann from Starter Bakery, scones and muffins from Sandbox Bakery, and afternoon treats such as carrot-spice cupcakes and brownies from 3Spoons. Il Cane Rosso will provide Coffee Bar’s sandwiches and salads. Starting hours are Mon-Fri 6am-5pm. 101 Montgomery St. at Sutter, 415-397-2233.