Our Seasonal Blend: Winter Solstice

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and all of your warmest blankets are making their way out of the closet. It’s also time for the reemergence of our favorite blend of the year, Winter Solstice.

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A Sightglass Exclusive: Colombian Gesha

Maximino Gutierrez and Wilfredo Ule Vargas are not only exceptional coffee producers, they also make up two of our longest-standing partnerships in Colombia. We’ve been fortunate to grow alongside them and are proud to bring you a truly unique offering: Gesha.

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Welcome to Sightglass Hollywood

After ten years as an exclusively San Francisco company, we’re opening the doors of our first Los Angeles flagship in Hollywood’s emerging Sycamore Media District.

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Sightglass Hollywood Menu

Located on the corner of Willoughby and Sycamore, our Hollywood space offers an immersive coffee, café and dining experience. The first roastery & café location outside of San Francisco, we continue our commitment to fostering community with an all-day restaurant, bakery and pastry menu made by our Sightglass team.

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Sightglass Instant

  Delicious Coffee in an Instant While nothing can beat a fresh cup of coffee, we understand that life doesn’t always afford us the luxury of time or tools to prepare that perfect cup in every situation. Whether you’re on...

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Introducing the Coffee Spritz!

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to celebrate with a new seasonal drink: the Coffee Spritz. It’s a refreshing, lightly sweet sparkling soda with orange, fennel, and a soft extraction of our single origin from Papua New Guinea, Baroida Estate. Baroida Estate’s notes of juicy strawberry, chocolate, and fresh herbs provide layers of flavor to craft the drink around, resulting in an extraordinary beverage.

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First Batch Edition No. 11 - Yemen, Mocha Hiwari, Al Qafr

The vast majority of coffee grown worldwide can trace its roots back to the highlands of Yemen. From the 1500s-1700s, nearly all of the coffee consumed across the globe was grown there.

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Now Sipping on Sightglass Cold!

Until just a few years ago, coffee was hot. The steam, the nice thick mugs, the cozy vibes — when someone asked “You wanna grab a cup of coffee?,” you just knew it was going to be piping. Then coffee went cold....

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Coffee Seasonality: Spring Sourcing


Spring. Flowers are blooming and the days are trending longer and warmer. Farmers market stalls are bursting with color and variety. For coffee lovers, spring is as good as it gets with exciting offerings coming in the next few months.

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Sightglass Community: Mother's Day

We know Mother’s Day might still look a little different this year so we wanted to round up ways our partners in the community are celebrating, just in case you can’t make it into one of our cafes to see us. 

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First Batch Edition No. 10 - India, Ratnagiri Estate, Ashok Patre

Perched in the Western Ghats mountains of Southern India, coffee has flourished at Ratnagiri Estate since its start in 1927.

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What is Espresso?

Espresso is very easy to love. Even if you rarely enjoy espresso on its own, chances are that you’ve tasted and enjoyed a cortado, cappuccino, latte, or mocha at some point. Espresso is a crucial ingredient for baristas because it adds intensity and complexity of flavor, without watering down a beverage. It can be a bit more challenging to perfect than other brew methods, but in the right hands it’s transcendent.

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Which Coffee is Right for You?

We've put together a coffee field guide to single origins, blends and everything in between.

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How To: Grind Adjustment

We've broken down the basics of grinding coffee so you can brew the perfect cup at home.

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Cup of Excellence Finalist: Finca Alcatraz

We’ve been buying coffee from Wilfredo since our very first trip to Colombia eight years ago.

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Slow and Steady

Visiting Finca Salomé is a completely unique experience. For starters, there are kids everywhere. Virgilio and Salomé Reyes have more than 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren living with them on their farm, and the kids are quick to pile in the...

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New on Bar: Vanilla Paste Latte!

Frankly, we didn’t know if we were the “vanilla latte” types. Vanilla is the world’s most popular flavor, and a lot of its uses are a little, well… basic. But we don’t do basic at Sightglass. So when we decided...

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Sweet and Clean: Our New Packaging

Do you remember when you were a kid and you got permission to rearrange your room, and you felt really proud of it, and you showed your parents and said “hey, that’s really nice,” and you thought, “new room, new...

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Secret Knowledge: Roller Skating

“They’ve had skating beef for thirty years.” Learning to roller skate isn’t hard; it’s mostly about learning to push with the bottom of your feet and maintaining your balance. The trickier part is finding your place in a group of...

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Secret Knowledge: Thriving in a Small Space

Next in our continuing series about the Secret Knowledge held by Sightglass employees is Sam Abbott, a barista at 7th Street and the Ferry Building Farmers Market. Tiny houses, #vanlife — living in small places is hot. Always one step...

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Secret Knowledge: Tarot

“I’ve always just been interested in divination.” Divination, soothsaying, clairvoyance–all just different words to describe the universal human need to know what the hell is going to happen next. Juan Elias, coffee roaster extraordinaire, also reads tarot cards, one of...

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Secret Knowledge: Tuvan Throat Singing

“First, you start purring like a lion,” says Chris Harris, a Coffee Educator & Account Manager at Sightglass. The art of Tuvan throat singing involves producing multiple tones simultaneously, including a low bass note like that of a big cat. Chris learned...

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Do What Comes Natural

If you went over to Mother Nature’s yurt and she served you a cup of coffee, what do you think it would taste like?  Probably really jammy and sweet, and a little wild in the very best way.  (Her yurt would...

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Yeah, We Made That

Ok, so that took a little longer than we thought. Back in the heady days of 2014, when we were still young and dangerous, we signed a lease on a former produce market on the corner of Divisadero and Page....

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Our New Cow Buddies

A few years ago, we noticed that every cappuccino we tasted at our Ferry Building farmers market location had some quality that felt a little bit magic, something we couldn’t quite identify. So we went home and messed with all the...

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