The Mill (San Francisco)
If homemade toast and Four Barrel espresso can't get me to a coffee shop, then I don't know what will. Although this toast is not as ah-mazing (in my humble opinion) as the likes of Sqirl in LA, Josey Baker Bread is equally creative and focused. The menu changes daily based on the different breads, jams and nut butters--usually featuring a pairing between 3 different types of bread with either jam, nut butter, maple syrup, butter, and the likes. Their dense bread makes you feel like you're right at home. The layout of the mill is very cool--high white ceilings, dark wood and marble tables, and even the lovely accent of a church bench. Possibly a commentary on the religion that coffee has become to certain people? Regardless, the space may feel big when it's empty but it quickly fills up on weekend mornings. Expect a long line to fill up the space by 10:30am. But on to their coffee. They use Four Barrel which in my experience has been pretty awesome at the Four Barrel location--and pretty mediocre at any other cafe that carries their beans. The Mill uses the Friendo Blendo espresso and pulled a decent shot-- not great, although it went nicely with and didn't stand out from the toast. Overall, this would be a cool location to study at during the week or meet someone for coffee. There's something here for almost everybody--gluten-free people aside.
Recommend: Their toast (obviously)-- try a weird flavor that you might not expect to go together! They know what they are doing in pairing the flavors.
Note: Lines get extremely long on the weekends! Go early in the morning or during the week. Also, no WiFi. Read a book in there or something (shocker).
Vibe: San Fran yuppies
Espresso Rating: 7/10
Overall Rating: 8/10
Location: 736 Divisadero St San Francisco, CA
Neighborhood: Alamo Square
Hours: Everyday 7am-9pm