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Friday, August 21, 2009

No, the Whole City Hasn't Surrendered to Starbucks: Ingleside Cafe is Neighborhood Sweet

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Cute 'n' cottage-y, and a great place to waste time.

With independently owned neighborhood coffee shops going the way of the dodo, students and work-from-home warriors are finding it increasingly difficult to find local cafés to call home. 

CCSF students and Ingleside residents might have slightly less to worry about than those in other 'hoods. Java on Ocean has cemented itself as the neighborhood locale to get a cup of coffee, a sandwich, and a smile. The owner and baristas are incredibly friendly and treat their customers like old friends, and many of them are. You can get fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks, as well as delicious, healthy sandwiches and snacks.

Don't expect Ritual or Blue Bottle beans, and Java doesn't individually grind and brew each cup of drip, but that's far from the point here. Java is a neighborhood meeting hub, someplace to chat with friends, study for a test, or get some work done with the convenience of caffeine and free wireless. The cafe is bright and spacious, with plenty of tables and chairs -- even a few couches -- to lounge on. The assortment of music, from reggae to Mediterranean, keeps the vibe relaxed, and the chirping from the birds in their cages reminds everyone to be a little less serious.

Java on Ocean 1700 Ocean (at Faxon), 333-6075

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