Coffee News: Contraband to Firehouse 8, Front Café Opens, and Blue Bottle at Heath


Espresso heaven. Photo from Contraband via Facebook.


The lab-like setup at Front Café. Photo from Yelp via Deny K.


Blue Bottle’s kiosk at Heath. Photo from Facebook.

A few pieces of caffeinated news for you around town: it looks like the café that is moving into the ~FIREHOUSE 8~ project (read details in a past tablehopper issue here) will be a second location of Contraband Coffee! They will begin serving coffee, muffins, and empanadas. This weekend is a soft opening (Sat-Sun 11am-6pm) and then they will close for a week and then be back the following weekend to begin permanent hours. This weekend there will also be some food trucks (IZ IT is confirmed for Sunday). 1648 Pacific Ave. at Polk.

A beer and wine license posted many moons ago for a place called ~FRONT CAFÉ~ in Potrero Hill, and now it appears to be open (thanks to Jason B. for the tip!). Yelp reveals a few details: it’s a speciality café in a converted garage, serving both espresso and drip coffee with a Chemex using house-roasted beans. But the real catch sounds like the cold-brewed coffee served with hand-sawed ice. Is this where coffee and cocktails are intersecting? A post also mentions: “For now it’s just coffee, but there are plans to put in a kitchen, and talk of a beer and wine license and some tables and chairs either out front or in the alley (city permitting).” Here’s your next distraction while waiting for a table at Plow. 150 Mississippi St. at Mariposa.

Now open in the new Heath Ceramics Factory and Showroom store in the Mission is the latest ~BLUE BOTTLE~ kiosk. Yup, cappuccinos in Heath cups, nice. Plus drip coffee, and granola from the Blue Bottle Kitchen in Oakland. They’re also using milk from Saint Benoît—check it out! Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm and Sat-Sun 8am-6pm. 2900 18th St. at Alabama.