Our nation's benevolent marketing overlords have declared today to be National Coffee Day. While this may sound a smidge like those made-up holidays (National Puppy Day, Presidents' Day), it has one advantage: It celebrates coffee. So, if like us, you're in search of a middle-of-the-day caffeine jolt, get thee to one of these Bay Area places:
Why you should go: The newly-opened space carries coffee from Andrew Barnett's Linea Caffe. Plus, Bernal is the new Noe.
Drink the: Almond latte
Eat the: Pastries from Little Bee Baking
Andytown Coffee Roasters
Why you should go: The modernist beachside coffee house is closed today, which means if you hop on the N Judah now, you'll get there in time for tomorrow morning's opening.
Drink the: Short Strand espresso
Eat the: Sausage rolls (and then burn off the calories by surfing.)
Scarlet City Roasting Company
Why you should go: This place offers medium-roasted espresso so good it's worth a trip to the East Bay. Plus pinball machines.
Drink the: Macchiato
Eat the: They have pinball machines! Who has time to eat?
Samovar Tea Lounge
Why you should go: Because coffee overload is a real medical problem. Mix up your intake with a different hot, caffeinated beverage.
Drink the: House-made chai tea.
Eat the: Freshly baked scones