Located inside one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks, this café consists of two coffee bars: The first, located in the main arcade, pulls Hayes Valley Espresso on a three group La Marzocco paddlewheel. The north (or “secret”) coffee bar is tucked away around the corner in a side entrance. There, our baristas pull a rotating selection of single-origin espressi. On both sides, we craft pour-over coffee individually on drip bars of our own design. We have caramelized Belgian waffles made to order from 7 am to 2 pm daily, as well as granola and other treats from our Oakland kitchen. We also sell a small selection of high quality coffee makers, grinders and espresso machines. We offer beans to sell, dropped off five mornings a week. We use Clover organic milk and organic sugar.
PLEASE NOTE: This cafe is undergoing renovation. Here's a little bit more about that.
For years, we’ve been stewing and nail-biting over how to make this, our busiest space, a smoother experience for guests. And now, thanks to a ton of hard work by the folks in store development and at the Ferry Building, we’re poised to get things rolling.
The first phase of the remodel will begin with a one-day closure on Jan. 2, 2015. The cafe’s main entrance will open again for usual hours on Jan. 3, but its north side service window (a.k.a. our beloved “Secret Window”) will be closed until Jan. 30. Yep. Like, all month. During this time, affogatos, parfaits, Liege waffles, sandwiches, and salads will not be available.
The remodel’s second phase will begin on Feb. 2 and will last until Feb. 27. The cafe’s main entrance will be closed, and guests should order at the Secret Window. Pending any unanticipated delays, the cafe will be fully operational again on Feb. 28 with a new look and more efficient offerings. These include:
• Three points to order coffee – two at the main entrance, and one at the Secret Window to get guests through the line and enjoying coffee much quicker than the previous layout.
• Three (count ‘em) espresso machines – a two-group Linea, a three-group Linea, and a Spirit Duette. This will help get more delicious coffee into guests’ hands faster than before, when the cafe just had two machines.
• A brew-by-scale method coffee drip bar, the first in the Bay Area for us.
• The same coffee menu at both entrances.
• All new cabinets and stainless steel countertops.
Here’s to a speedier, more beautiful Ferry Building!