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Best Independent Coffee 

Saint Frank Coffee

In an industry where pretense and perfection often take precedence over people, it's refreshing to find a coffee shop that cares about relationships as much as it does roasting. Opened by a middle-school art teacher turned coffee aficionado, Saint Frank's was affectionately christened after S.F.'s namesake Saint Francis. The oak-paneled space in Russian Hill has a minimalist aesthetic, with clean white walls and airy natural light. Covert espresso machines live by the back wall, allowing the tiled J-shaped bar to serve as the focal point and the place of connection between barista and guest. Its coffee (which is roasted at Ritual Coffee Roasters) is sourced through direct relationship with coffee producers in Honduras, Guatemala, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and Burundi — all of which are profiled on the company's website — so you can feel good about your espresso and your experience.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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