Anyone who lives near California and Larkin probably knows that Contraband Coffee Bar has been working towards opening for, well, a while. It's hard to recall exactly when owners Josh Magnani and Nathan Wyss started saying they were expecting to open "soon," but I'm pretty sure we're at about the three-month mark now. So what's up? Has Contraband opened?
Officially, no. The owners are still waiting on some permits, but they cracked open their door yesterday morning for some of us eager coffee hounds, offering free tastes of their delightful brew (espresso drinks were available, too). They were serving a Yirgacheffe ― which, lucky me ― is a favorite. Magnani brewed it at the pour-over bar and it was beautifully balanced. The space is gorgeous: really nice light and great bar seating. We'll definitely keep tabs on these guys and let you know when they're up and running for real.
Contraband Coffee Bar: 1415 Larkin (at California).