Jane on Fillmore

Do you know about Jane?

If you don’t know where that is or what I’m talking about then you absolutely need to quickly add it to the top of your bucket list.

Jane on Fillmore is one of my favorite coffee shops in San Francisco because of it’s ability to combine friendly and knowledgable service, high quality coffee, a solid food offering (everything’s great, from toast to granola), and a breathtaking decor and atmosphere. The wooden floor works well with the black and white theme (which carries over from the floral wallpaper to the logo to the pattern on the tables to the graffiti on the giant mirror to the ‘for here’ mugs). Their flag logo triumphantly declares Jane to the world, seemingly full of pride as it blows with the wind in it’s 2D form. With good reason! I love everything about Jane on Fillmore, the original Jane of San Francisco, one of my all-around favorite cafés. Even though it’s in Pacific Heights, finding parking is reasonably easy. Or maybe I’m just lucky here and the coffee-Gods just want to get me to my next cup at Jane as quickly as possible; who knows.

They brew Stumptown, and this partnership seems to work perfectly: combining the quality roasters quality beans with the quality baristas quality brewing skills.

Today I ordered an iced soy latte and toast, while Robyne ordered an iced mocha with almond milk, which she described as good choice, well balanced and not too sweet. My latte was craftily created with soy and Hair Bender espresso, a blend from Stumptown that changes throughout the year. It’s well rounded and tries to cover all the profile notes, leaning more chocolatey than floral or citrus.

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Three pours later…

Three pours later, I was able to enjoy one of the best pour over coffee blends I’ve tried yet. Farley’s East, a little cafe on Grand in Oakland near Lake Merrit, with a logo featuring the silhouette of man with a blower hat and cane (a mix between Charlie Chaplin and Planter’s Mr. Peanut). Locals pack this place for the large offering, including a range from an indulgent panini to a healthy salad, or any of their many varieties of pastries, as well as the solid coffee and friendly-yet-efficient staff. The space itself can best be described as hip, with local art on the walls and two levels of seating, with wood panels adorning the balcony, an outdoor patio lined with a slick metal enclosure with natural wood accents and seating, faux grass, and red tables, and chalkboards framed in red listing the daily specials. Another exceptional feature of Farley’s is their magazine selection: two walls full of the latest magazines, with multiple copies, free for reading in the cafe, and available for purchase if desired.

De la Paz is their roaster, and today’s featured pour over was Graceland, a blend of Honduras and Rwanda beans, roasted on February 3rd. Flavors of honey yellow peach and cocao, along with sweet and inviting coffee aromas, definitely made this blend a craveable coffee, best on it’s own (no need to add sugar or milks).

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