We have an odd but convivial coffee kiosk in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. We opened the kiosk in our friend Loring’s garage in January of 2005. Linden Street, at the time, was a dead-end alleyway that smelled like pee, so there was a certain amount of head-scratching that winter.
Now, thanks to our customers and a cadre of highly professional baristas, the alleyway is one of the unlikely urban pleasures in San Francisco. We have a small menu of espresso drinks, drip coffee, our New Orleans-style iced coffee, and treats from our Oakland kitchen. We offer beans to sell, delivered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We serve our Hayes Valley Espresso on a three-grouphead La Marzocco Linea, and we grind and brew drip coffee individually on Bonmac Drippers.