Pinhole Coffee is one of the more recent additions to San Francisco’s coffee landscape and the latest demonstration that there are many trained baristas with ambition ready to plug the caffeine holes in our urban fabric. The barista is familiar from Blue Bottle, this end of Cortland in Bernal doesn’t have coffee, so the business plan must have been clear.
The outcome works well, no financial district blond wood and white tile here, one whole wall is covered in colored stripes.
As with most small caffe’s these days Pinhole has a variety of suppliers:
- Verve’s Streetlevel espresso from Santa Cruz
- Tandem roasts for pour over from Portland, Maine
- Blue Bottle Bella Donovan for a quick pour over
The espresso shots are thick, almost chocolatey in consistency. They’re served in funky green cups and saucers. There’s a cuddly corner bench with wood stump table as well as a massive communal table.
It’s a single room with a small bar fun ambiance created by the rotating cast of neighborhood visitors.