I am gathering up a list of San Francisco Bay Area Coffee Roasters. Why? Well, because I love coffee, and I want to try as much high quality micro roasted coffee as I possibly can. Here are a few I’ve tried and like.

San Francisco Bay Area Coffee Roasters
Moschetti Espresso
Moschetti is a Northern California Microroaster of the finest organic, and pesticide-free, shade-grown, fresh roasted coffee beans. Small batch roasting insures the freshest coffee and finest control of the flavor profile of each single origin coffee bean or blend of the world’s most fascinating coffees. Located in the North San Francisco Bay Area, Moschetti roasts coffee on a daily basis insuring the freshest espresso.
Moschetti strives for dynamic, sweet, earthy, balanced and complex flavors by carefully choosing coffee beans from the world’s
coffee growing regions. We love and respect coffee. Contact Fabrice Moschetti for all your coffee and espresso needs, whether it be freshly roasted coffee beans or top of the line espresso machines.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Cafe is San Francisco Microroaster.
Pacific Bay Coffee Inc.
Pacific Bay is a San Francisco Coffee Roaster
Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ritual Coffee is a San Francisco Coffee Roaster
Rogers Gourmet Coffee & Tea Market
Roger’s Gourmet Coffee & Tea Markets a San Francisco Coffee Roaster
Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company
Graffeo is a San Francisco Coffee Roaster

Just contemplating all the different words and terms and phrases used in the Coffee Business. This is a work in progress.

Coffee Definitions
What is Espresso?
Is a concentrated, thick consistency coffee beverage brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Good espresso is sweet, and not bitter or sour, and has a characteristic layer of brown foam on top called Crema. Espresso is not a coffee roast or type of bean.
What is Crema?
Brown foam on top of Espresso that is an emulsion of coffee oils, proteins and sugars.
What is a Barista?
Your highly skilled bartender who makes espresso using an espresso machine.
What is Affogato? (drowned)
Espresso over vanilla ice cream or gelato
What is Cafe Americano?
Espresso and hot water
What is Antoccino? (priceless)
Single shot of espresso with equal amount of steamed milk.
What is Black Eye?
A cup of drip coffee with two shots of espresso mixed together. (red eye, or Canadian)
What is Bombon? (confection)
Espresso served with sweetened condensed milk.
What is Breve? (short)
Espresso with half-and-half
What is Caffe Freddo?
Pre-sweetened and served ice cold espresso. Not over ice.
What is Carajilo? (nothing)
Espresso with a shot of Brandy.
What is Cappuccino?
one third espresso and one third steamed milk, and one third foam.
What is Corretto? (corrected)
coffee witha shot of liquor, usually Grappa or Brandy.
What is Con Hielo? (with ice)
Espresso with sugar immediately poured over two ice cubes.
What is Cortado?
Espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk
What is Cubano?
Sugar added to the brewing container before brewing of espresso. Sweet.
What is Doppio?
Double espresso. 2 ounces.
What is Espresso con Panna?
Espresso with whipped cream on top.
What is Flat White?
Coffee drink made of 1/3 espresso, and 2/3 steamed milk.
What is Guillermo?
One or two shots of espresso poured over slices of lime. Sometimes served over ice and sometimes with a touch of milk.
What is Iced Coffee?
Coffee brewed and chilled and served over ice.
What is Cafe Latte? (milk)
Espresso with steamed milk and foam or not.
What is Latte Macchiato? (stained milk)
Espresso poured over steamed milk.
What is Cafe Macchiato? (stained or marked) (stained or marked) (stained or marked)
Small amount of milk or cream spooned onto the espresso.
What is Long Black?
Espresso added to hot water
What is Lungo?
More water allowed past the espresso for a watered down, weaker espresso.
What is Mocha?
Latte blended with chocolate.
What is Red eye?
Drip coffee with a shot of espresso
What is Ristretto? (restricted)
Espresso with less water for a more concentrated espresso.
What is Microroaster?
Small batch roasting of coffee allows for a hands on technique to insure that each batch of coffee is perfectly roasted to bring out the very best flavors.
What is Microfoam?
Steamed milk that has very tiny bubbles that add texture and body to milk. Big bubbles are a flaw.

Stopped by Moschetti Espresso on Saturday and got to sample a new lighter roast Moschetti Dolce Espresso. The espresso was roasted that morning, and so we got to enjoy the freshest possible coffee.

I was made the afternoon Barista, and I happily pulled shots for Fabrice and the crew from the Classic Conte Lever Espresso Machine. I love this machine. A few shots later I had the grind and tamp dialed in and we got to enjoy an intoxicating coffee that produces a huge aroma and crema and was sweet with a big burst of yummy flavor.

I also got to sample a just roasted batch of Guatemalan Espresso. This coffee has a more savory note compared to the Dolce Espresso, and has enormous chocolate and notes caramel and other wonderful flavors I’m still digesting.

Moschetti Guatemala Espresso

I patiently waited five minutes for my shot of espresso. Most days the wait is twenty or twenty five minutes, and this is usually around 7:45 in the morning, Monday through Friday. Yep, I take a Ferry into the city and I pass by Blue Bottle every morning. I’d be happy to start my day with a shot of Blue Bottle Elixir, but I have to make a living and dragging my fanny into work late because I’ve been standing in line for 25 minutes isn’t going to cut it. So most mornings I stroll by Peets around the corner and get one of their inferior shots or big cup of tasty Joe.

Blue Bottle Cafe opened their San Francisco Ferry Building Cafe a few months ago. Early on they struggled with the basics. That is, making coffee drinks in a timely manner and getting people in and out. At first they opened their side window, with three-group La Marzocco Linea early in the morning and their normal line at the Lever Mirage Triplette three-group manual machine. This was good. Two lines moved way faster than one line. Now however, they don’t open the side window until 10am. And so you have one machine, and a big line of folks. It’s easy to overwhelm a slow moving cafe.

Typically, on a Friday morning or afternoon, I like to pick up a couple pounds of fresh espresso beans for the weekend. I’ll be pulling a ton of shots and making Lattes and Cappuccinos non stop over the weekend, and I want fresh beans. Peets isn’t always so fresh. Blue Bottle is, but most Fridays they are out of beans. Totally. I mean no beans at all on the shelf. Or if there are beans on the shelf then they are not espresso roasts. I’ve suggested to the Blue Bottle folks that perhaps they could consider stocking the shelves Friday morning and taking advantage of all those folks heading home for the weekend. You can’t sell what you don’t have. Well Blue Bottle said I should order my beans online, and that way I get them fresh delivered to my door. Well at $15-$16 a pound plus another $5 or more for shipping, that’s an expensive habit.

I will say however that when I do hold out and stand in line for a shot of espresso, it is amazing. It’s as though an Angel has pissed on my tongue. The intensity, and complexity of the fragrant and floral overtones of Ethiopian and the deep rich undertones of earth and chocolate, leave me weak kneed.

Yesterday morning the line was short and I jumped into line. Looked on the shelf for espresso beans, 17 foot Ceiling or another offering, and as is usual there were none. Sigh. Placed my order and watched my lovely Barista pull five shots until she got one that was good enough for my indulgence. She reset her grinder once, and set a timer a couple times. Each pull was discarded until number five. I deeply breathed in that fragrance from the Heath Espresso Cup, and quickly filled my mouth with the 1/2 ounce of goodness. Every tooth got a coating, as well my tongue and mouth complete. I breathed in through my mouth and my nose and swished and swallowed, and was almost overwhelmed by the amazing flavor. I thanked my Barista over and over and I think I even bowed as I asked if it was ok to lick my cup.

I am obsessed. Stopped at Blue Bottle Cafe in the Ferry Building this morning.

One $2 shot of espresso. Less than one fluid ounce. That’s $256 a gallon of espresso.

And we complain about $4 a gallon gas.


$20 a gallon bottled water from your 7/11.$2.00 a shot espresso = $256.00 a gallon