These weeks at home are starting to make us feel like zombies - and not even the cool dancing kind from that ’80s music video. Coffee can help with that. And even if you have a french press or slow drip cold brew maker you’ve been using, you probably still miss being able to order a flat white, mocha, or some other concoction that takes 20 minutes to recite. Luckily, a lot of San Francisco and East Bay coffee shops are open for takeout and delivery. These are our favorites.
Our favorite morning routine in the old days was drinking a latte in front of Farley’s, usually before a breakfast at Plow. Luckily, the Potrero Hill cafe is now open and serving coffee, pastries, and sandwiches for pick-up Tuesday to Sunday, 8am-2pm. Order online.
Paramo Coffee Roasters
If you’re near the Embarcadero, head to Paramo. It’s one of our favorite FiDi coffee shops, and they’re making espresso drinks to-go from 7am-4pm. Check their Instagram for updates.
Piccino Coffee Bar
Our go-to spot in the Dogpatch for well-made coffee drinks and scones is back open for takeout from 8:30am-5:30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. If you need a late-afternoon caffeine hit and a bite, grab an espresso shot - and pizza from Piccino, which is also taking orders to-go start at 4pm.
You’ve reused the grounds in your stovetop coffee maker four times this week. It’s safe to say you could use a fresh cup. The neighborhood cafe in the Inner Richmond has espresso drinks to-go until 4pm daily. Call 415-221-9041 for the most updated hours.
The neighborhood coffee shop in Excelsior has espresso drinks to-go, along with their cookies and ube pastries. If you need to stock up your at-home coffee bar, get their beans shipped right to your door.
Réveille Coffee Co.
The coffee truck-turned-mini coffee empire is open for takeout at their Mission Bay and Lower Haight St. locations (8am-2pm) for takeout and delivery. They’re offering espresso drinks, chai, and iced and brewed coffee to-go. If you need a bite, they have superfood and falafel bowls, sandwiches, and salads, too.
Garden House Cafe
We can’t chill with an iced latte on the Garden House Cafe’s outdoor patio, but we can still pick-up their lattes and half-calf cappuccinos. The Outer Richmond coffee shop is open until 3:30pm every day except Mondays. Call 415-668-1640 to place an order for pick-up.
You were on number nine of the “Make Coffee 100 Different Ways Challenge” (not a real challenge) before realizing that you really prefer a cup made by the pros. Head to Flywheel Coffee. The Haight spot is making hot and iced espresso drinks to-go, and taking orders online for bean delivery.
Our crystal ball indicates that you need caffeine, and quick, so hit up Progressive Grounds. The Bernal Heights cafe has coffee available until 3pm daily. They’re also making smoothies, pastries, and breakfast and bagel sandwiches for pick-up. Walk in or call 415-282-6233 to place an order.
Cafe Du Soleil
You spent all morning researching “Grimes Dating Elon Musk” on Twitter, and now it’s lunch time (or what feels like lunch time, since time is meaningless). Cafe Du Soleil is serving all-day brunch, soups, salads, and, of course, espresso drinks to-go. Call 415-699-6154 to place an order.
If you’re a “5am wake up and immediately caffeinate” kind of person, check out Cumaica. The SoMa spot is open for coffee at 6am. They’re operating with a limited food menu, so check their Instagram or call 415-337-1500 for updates.
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You want coffee but always remember that time you drank too much on an empty stomach. Get a coffee from Farm Table in Lower Nob Hill. They’re serving it along with a daily-rotating menu that ranges from breakfast sandwiches to frittatas to french toast.
The small Mission coffee spot is offering espresso drinks out of their window on San Carlos St. from 8am-3pm every day. They also have coffee beans available for delivery online, which can come in handy when you try to make an affogato at home.
You could attempt to make Andytown’s Snowy Plover with espresso, whipped cream, and sparkling water, but if you live in the Outer Sunset, it’d be quicker to call in your order and pick one up. Both the Lawton and 3016 Taraval locations are open, which also means you can start your day with one of their amazing soda bread scones.
Le Marais Bistro + Bakery
If you don’t like to drink coffee on an empty stomach, get takeout from Le Marais. It’s a French bakery that has incredible croissants and granola - and lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos. They’re offering their full menu for pick-up and delivery, so you can have breakfast exactly how you want it - and obviously that includes caffeine.
Trouble Coffee ships, so even if you don’t live in the Sunset, you can easily get your hands on a bag of coffee grounds. But if you do happen to live close by they’re open for takeout, so you can get a latte and a slice of cinnamon sugar toast to-go.
We usually like to stop by this spot on Divis. to pick up a loaf of their legendary bread. But if your last attempt at making a morning cup ended with your Mr. Coffee filing for divorce, The Mill makes good lattes too.
If the two things you need from your coffee are for it to be hot and to make you wired for a full day managing your company’s inverse collateralization overflow from your new “home office,” head to Mercury Cafe in Hayes Valley. In addition to coffee they also have good sandwiches, granola, and scones to help fuel your focus until you’re done for the day.
Everything about Bernie’s Cafe is so warm and inviting that we like to think this place is haunted by Mister Rogers. And if you live in Noe Valley, you can still stop by for an espresso and say hello to the people behind the counter (at a safe distance, of course). Also bring a book in case there’s a wait - they’re only letting a few people in at a time.
The vanilla lattes from Home Coffee Roasters come with sprinkles and rainbow swirls, and look like they were stolen from a unicorn’s birthday brunch party. And right now that burst of color may be exactly what you need to cheer up. You don’t need to live in the Sunset to get one - they’re delivering through most major apps.
If the emergency contact listing in your phone says “caffeine,” stop by the Ritual location in the Mission or Hayes Valley. Their brew is strong and will keep your mind working at Limitless speeds all day. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The Mint Mojito Iced Coffee from Philz isn’t so much coffee as it is dessert you can drink for breakfast. But in the middle of a stressful quarantine (or ever) that doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy it. And fortunately every San Francisco Philz is open for mobile-order pick-up only through their app.
Saint Frank is only open for pick-up, so you can come to this Russian Hill spot every day for lattes made with their incredible homemade almond macadamia nut milk. They’ve also started selling the nut milk in jugs along with coffee-by-the-gallon, so you can stock up in one trip and be a better self-isolationist.
Duboce Park Cafe
You thought you were over coffee shops until your last order of K-Cups got delayed in the mail. At least you can go to Duboce Park Cafe, which is making espresso drinks and drip coffee to-go. But if you still want that I-made-my-coffee-in-my-house feeling, they deliver through most major apps. They’re also serving breakfast and lunch (we like the house salad with mixed greens, sliced apple, fennel, pecans, and cheese) - and even if your K-Cup caddy is fully stocked, your Keurig can’t do that.
Both Jane on Larkin and Jane on Fillmore are brewing coffee and turning out fresh pastries and breakfast items to-go. You can either pick-up or have your order delivered through apps.
Wrecking Ball is a tiny coffee shop on Union St. that makes our favorite espresso drinks in the neighborhood. And to maintain social distancing, they’ve converted the front door into a no-contact takeout window.
Buena Vista Cafe
Since time doesn’t really matter during the quarantine, it’s never too early to start drinking. If you live near Ghirardelli Square, head over to Buena Vista, which is making Irish coffees to-go.
Sweet Bar Bakery
One of our pre-quarantine WFH plans involved a trip to Sweet Bar Bakery in Uptown Oakland for internet and good coffee - and their delicious salads and bagels. Luckily, they’re still open for takeout. Call 510-788-4997 to place an order.
You have back-to-back Zoom meetings planned, and you don’t want to look like you rolled out of bed five minutes ago, however true that may be. Get caffeinated at Farley’s in Uptown Oakland. They have lattes, cappuccinos, and other espresso drinks - which you can pair with sandwiches and pastries to-go (from Tuesday to Sunday, 8am-2pm). Order online.
It’s warming up, so drip coffee simply isn’t going to cut it anymore. Try the Vietnamese iced coffee from The Beanery in Alameda - it’s sweet, strong, and may just change your life. Stop by to order your coffee to-go.
Way Station Brew
Your attempt at making latte art at home ended up resembling E.T. more than the flower you intended. If you’d rather leave it to the pros, head over to Way Station Brew in Berkeley and pick up one of their lattes to-go. And while you’re at it, order a grilled cheese with bacon and caramelized onions for lunch.
You stocked up on Oatly when shelter-in-place started, and now you’re running low and there’s only so much lactose your body can handle. Head over to Souvenir Coffee on Claremont Ave. You can grab a latte with oat milk and down the entire thing with no milk-induced consequences. If you’re not into espresso, their Vietnamese iced coffee is a must-try. Both the Albany and Claremont locations are open for takeout.
Slojoy Coffee Roasters
These days, we’ll take all the inspiration we can get, which is why we like grabbing a latte or cappuccino in one of Slojoy’s cups (they come with encouraging handwritten notes). The espresso at this downtown Oakland spot is strong - just how we like it - and they’ve also got a selection of delicious toasts.
You could get into a screaming match with your Keurig because it somehow managed to overflow again, or you could head over to Cole Coffee to grab a cappuccino to go. This Berkeley coffee shop has converted their storefront into a to-go window, and you can also pick up a bag of beans to bring home.
Snow White Coffee Bar
If you’ve given up trying to WFH from a table or desk, and are taking your Zoom 1:1s from your bed, you may be in need of a caffeine jolt. Try the Oakland Chill from Snow White Coffee. It’s a shaken cold brew drink with half-and-half and simple syrup - and it’s delicious. They’re also making espresso drinks and pastries you can take to-go.
It may have been a while since you uttered the magic words sweet and creamy over the counter to an extremely friendly barista, but you can still order Philz for pick-up through their mobile app. They’re open at select locations around the Bay (open East Bay locations are Oakland’s College Ave., Berkeley, Fremont, and Walnut Creek).
Because we’re currently living in what feels like house-bound limbo, we’d give anything to feel something - and this all-vegan spot has excellent coffee that will keep you highly caffeinated all day. Timeless is also offering their impressive cakes and pastries, so you can experience a caffeinated sugar-high from your couch. They’re open at both locations (College and Piedmont Ave.), and if you’re a healthcare worker you can stop by for a free coffee.
Highwire Coffee Roasters
So you tried to quit caffeine cold turkey during quarantine, but you caved and pulled out your french press before 24 hours were up. Now you’re going through espresso withdrawals. To kickstart your addiction again, stop by Rockridge Market Hall to grab one of Highwire’s strong and delicious Gibraltars.
Just the thought of the espresso from Kilovolt in Emeryville is enough to get us out of bed, even on a normal day (what is that anymore?) - so lucky for us, they’re still open and offering an online meun to-go. You can also pick up some of their house-made lavender or rose kombucha.
Even if you have a milk frother or a Nespresso, we’re willing to bet you haven’t tried making a charcoal latte yet. Don’t bother. Just head to Red Bay Coffee and order theirs instead. They’re open at their 10th St. and Broadway locations, and also have a coffee van that’s usually parked by Lake Merritt (check their Instagram for the updated location). Beans, merch, mugs, and more are also available at their online store (and free shipping, so you can send a bag of coffee grounds to a friend).
Artis Coffee Roasters
You used the last of your instant coffee trying to make whipped coffee, and now you’re in need of a restock. This Berkeley coffee shop is closed for takeout, but you can order coffee brewing materials and beans (they’re also offering a coffee subscription) from their online store.
This coffee shop is currently closed for to-go orders, but if you’re craving some of Awaken’s delicious natural roasts, you can order them from their store here, along with grocery items (including oat milk), beer/wine, and coffee makers. They’re offering free delivery for orders over $30 in certain Oakland zip codes.
Zocalo is one of our favorite coffee shops in San Leandro, and they’re still making their excellent espresso drinks to-go. You can also stock up on coffee beans, eggs, fruits, avocadoes, ice cream, and wine from their new mini-mart. Walk in or pre-order for pick-up here.