Breaking news in SF's coffee wars: Philz Coffee, started in 2003 by Phil Jaber, recently raised in the neighborhood of $15 million in venture capital to expand the business. If the aesthetic at Blue Bottle, San Francisco's other recent breakout java star, leans toward the spare and elegant, Philz is sunny and baroque, with individual drips and a much-loved Mocha Tesora blend. And if you've ordered a cup of joe on a Virgin America flight lately, you've already had a taste of Philz, which is the on-board drip.
A recent Chowhound discussion considered one of the newest Philz outposts in the city, the Civic Center shop that's a short walk from the Asian Art Museum and the main branch of the public library. Food-wise, that café serves Starter Bakery's kouign amann, the salty-sweet Breton pastry that San Franciscans have been cooing over for a few years, along with breakfast burritos, vegan donuts, and cookies, making it an appealing spot for an afternoon recharge on the western side of downtown.
Philz Coffee [Civic Center]
399 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
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