Locations: 1026 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA; 1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco CA; 432b Octavia St, San Francisco, CA; Oxbow Public Market, 610 First Street, Napa, California
Opening Hours (Valencia): Monday-Thursday 6:00am – 8:00pm, Friday 6:00am – 10:00pm, Saturday 7:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday 7:00am – 8:00pm
Telephone Numbers: 1-415-641-1011; 1-415-694-6448; 1-415-865-0989; 1-707-253-1190
Official Website: www.ritualroasters.com
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RITUAL COFFEE ROASTERS: In Search for the Best Coffee in San Francisco
My coffee crawl in San Francisco doesn’t end with Blue Bottle. After transferring to the beautiful neighborhood of Mission District, I am welcomed with the aromatic smells of coffee, Mexican enchiladas and barbecue ribs. It’s definitely a good sign to be in the neighborhood of the Mission District. For foodies like me, the Mission District is heaven in the Bay Area and Valencia Street is the ultimate foodie street.
I loved the neat and colorful houses lining along Valencia Street. There’s something about taking a stroll in a quiet morning, the surroundings slightly similar to Beverly Hills but cuter. I am literally on a mission to find the best coffee there is in Valencia Street.
The opening of Ritual Coffee Roasters in 2005 at Valencia Street is something what San Franciscans like to call the Coffee Revolution, which was around the time of the great third wave coffee movement led by Intelligentsia Coffee of Chicago, Stumptown Coffee Roasters of Portland and Counter Culture Coffee of North Carolina. Aside from Valencia Street, Ritual Coffee Roasters brews coffee in Hayes Valley, Octavia Street and Napa. There’s nothing complex about Ritual Coffee Roasters, which is something I love, and they keep in mind the single most important thing about coffee – sourcing beans. There is at least one point in a person’s life that the taste of coffee is life-changing, and that is the beauty of coffee that Ritual Coffee Roasters envisions to bring beyond the espresso machine.
This beautiful, spunky barista single-handedly delivered each and every artisanal cup of Ritual Coffee Roasters. It takes a while before you get your cup of coffee but it doesn’t prevent foot traffic from slowing down.
Ritual’s expertise urged me to try out their fruity, full-bodied coffee from Hacienda Carmona, Guatemala. The hints of mission fig and chocolate covered cherries are a perfect accompaniment for anyone eating doughnuts in the morning. In my case, I go for my favorite piece of croissant. (Though it’s not as good as the ones at Mr. Holmes, a morning croissant is always welcome to me.)
My coffee to-go was a pleasant visit, a nice barista handing me cheat guides of preparing Ritual’s coffee with either the Hario V60 or the Chemex. After Ritual Coffee Roasters, I am imbibed with some knowledge to put some love in a cup of coffee and continue my journey in search for the best coffee in San Francisco.
Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||( 4 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 4 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 3 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 3.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.6 / 5)|