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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:32am
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Philz Coffee has a status as the local favorite coffee house on 24th street in the Mission. Philz has been around for decades. Gets good rating on Yelp, and since located only a half block from Haus, I decided to visit.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:33am
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Mainly blue collar at Philz Coffee, no hipsters inside. Definitely much more crowed then Haus. All the coffee beans, stored in clear plastic boxes, look dark roasted.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:33am
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I had quite a bizarre but interesting coffee experience at Philz. I looked around and I didnít see any espresso machine. The barista told me that the coffee they brew is hand made and it is stronger and better tasting than an espresso since their coffee doesnít have the bitterness and acidity of an espresso. First they pour hot water from great height on top of the grounds. After the coffee is brewed in about 30 seconds, the barista pours the just brewed coffee through the grounds again!!! And after the brewed coffee is brewed for the second time the coffee is run through the grounds for the third time!!! It all happened so fast I didnít get a good pic of it.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:34am
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After the coffee had been brewed three times, it was poured back and forth between the Togo cup and a large plastic pitcher, creating all this foam. The barista told me you have to drink the coffee through the foam. The other customers around me told me that this was the best cup of coffee that will ever have. Well it did have some chocolate taste and was quite clean but it doesnít compare to third wave coffee. After sipping a bit the rest got dumped as I walked to Four Barrel.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:35am
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From Philz I walked about ten blocks to Four Barrel coffee.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:35am
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At Four Barrel I had this double espresso, which had nice chocolate and very nice complexity. Easily the best shot I had today.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:36am
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Matt poured the latte art to make this very nice tasting latte. Very sweet and smooth microfoam. Perfect pairing with the best tasting croissant Iíve ever had.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:37am
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Four Barrel is currently my favorite coffee house in the bay Area. Everything I had was top notch! I had too much caffeine for today so I try the press pot coffee next time.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:42am
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What a great tour!  I LOL-ed at your comments about Philz.  I really like the coffee there, and Phil is a heckofa nice guy, but it's definitely not everyone's cup-a-tea... Er, or coffee...

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Posted Fri Jul 31, 2009, 9:01am
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I'm coming up the the bay next week. I got 4 barrel, sightglass, philz, and of course BB on my list. Can't wait to try these out. And Gary, thanks for your reviews of these places, it's helpful for us! If/when I open my LA cafe, you'll be invited to the opening day. :-)
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