The Year in Food: Coffee Seeps Farther
|Four Barrel's Probat roaster.|
|Sightglass Coffee's Jerad Morrison.|
By the end of 2010, it has gotten noticeably easier to compare local roasters' beans side by side. Markets such as Bi-Rite, Rainbow, and Other Avenues now have wide selections (Bi-Rite's is particularly impressive). The variety on sale can come at a cost; some of the beans SFoodie spotted on recent shopping trips were roasted back when Christine O'Donnell was still running "I am not a witch" ads on TV. In addition, Ma*velous opened on Market and Fell, with six different methods for brewing coffee and beans from three roasters, including a cult Norwegian microroaster whose coffees are only available on Ma*Velous's siphon bar.
|Must-have equipment these days: the V-60 and Hario kettle.|
The year cannot pass without a mention of the Dolores Park coffee cart wars of 2010, which we're still trying to detoxify from. (Threatening violence against your girlfriend's competitors? Really?) A hysterical Killing My Lobster video, released around the same time, inadvertently demonstrated how often reality surpasses parody in ridiculousness.
When we look at 2011, here's what we're already excited about: The Ecco/Intelligenstia roastery and cafe is expected any day now. Marin's Equator Coffee will open its first retail shop/cafe in Terminal 2 of SFO, which opens in March. Someday, the Sightglass cafe might open. And LA MILL, the Los Angeles roaster and cafe that puts all you connoisseurs to shame, announced it might come to San Francisco.
Stay buzzed, San Francisco.
Other 2010 trends:
- Filipino Finds Its Voice
- Local Media Explodes
- Big-Ticket Dining Surges
- Pizza Pizza Pizza Pizza
- Vegan Goes Mainstream
- Cocktails Get More Respect
- DIY Revolution
- Street Food Gets Serious