The front counter (and roaster area).
The back bar, where coffee service will be offered.
The view from above.
I had a chance to swing by ~SIGHTGLASS COFFEE BAR & ROASTERY~ in SoMa this weekend to see how things were going, and let me tell you, it’s going to be one hell of a space. Brothers Jerad and Justin Morrison have been hard at work, and it shows. The enormous, light-filled, multi-level warehouse has a lot to offer: there’s the Probat roaster (and a counter) in the front, and the back has a large poured-concrete oval bar, with two sides that will be able to caffeinate your sleepy self. Yup, there will be a brew bar on each side, and two espresso machines: a Slayer, and a La Marzocco Strada EP, one of only six in the U.S.
There’s a cool retail shelving section—be sure to take a look at the turn-of-the-century (?) shelves that come from the Library of Congress—where you’ll be able to buy Chemex pots, beans, home equipment, and other caffeination-delivery items. Plans down the road include focus on single-origin beans (both drip and espresso), and the brothers are also working on some iced coffee offerings.
In about a month, the upstairs will open, which will have tables and chairs so you can hang out (and original and beautiful Douglas fir floors)—for now, it’s standing room on the ground level only. You’ll also notice some brioche from Firebrand supplementing the treats offered by Tell Tale Preserve Co. and Hooker’s Sweet Treats. The opening is slated for Monday July 11th—after inspections are done this week, the gents need to dismantle the kiosk, and then it’s time to open the big café, woo hoo! Hours will be Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 8am-6pm (or thereabouts). 270 7th St. at Folsom, 415-861-1313.