Sightglass Coffee Readying Roastery, Café Expansion
|Soon to be an oval coffee bar.|
The epic industrial space (last a sign-painting shop) still looks a mess, but it's actually nearing completion. Workers have just finished polishing the concrete floor, prestained with coffee, and the crew is getting ready to paint the exterior, punch a hole in the ceiling for the roaster's heat vent, and finish constructing the bars. "We're four weeks away," Jerad estimates.
"It'll be a couple months," his brother corrects. So: somewhere in between.
|The coffee roaster and front bar, with skylight and construction crap.|
Right now, the brothers are having Verve Coffee down in Santa Cruz roast their coffees, but when the 50-pound-capacity roaster is fired up, the Morrisons plan on having 10 to 15 coffees available at any one time, some single-origins and some blends.
That product mix seems like it evolved directly out of Jerad's years worked as a roaster at Blue Bottle; he and Justin also helped Four Barrel set up its space while plotting Sightglass. They say it's been four years in the works.
|Jerad (left) and Justin Morrison.|
And Sightglass is one of the first cafes in San Francisco to invest in a Slayer, the variable-pressure espresso machine that a New York Times writer recently overhyped as capable of launching the "fourth wave of coffee" (NOPA's Matching Half also has one.) Jerad says he plans to host regular cuppings of coffees that have just come out of the roaster ― a novel twist on a standard trope ― and he hopes to start holding occasional coffee-roasting seminars for people doing it themselves at home.
We'll let you know when opening day nears. Or stop by the kiosk yourself for a recon espresso.
Sightglass Coffee 270 Seventh St. (at Folsom); on Twitter: @sightglass