San Francisco: Philz Coffee

e·piph·a·nyA sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience

I’m gonna refrain from waxing poetics about how amazing this coffee is, and how I ignored all the buzz going around about it because when something is that crazy popular, the hype so great that the actual product can’t ever really live up to it right? I’m gonna hide my face when I tell you I finally had my first cup of Philz Coffee 2 days ago. It took me that long to finally step in and check out their large selection of 20 custom blend, individually dripped cups of ethereal amazingness.

Philz Coffee
3101 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 875-9370

I was 2 blocks away from the 24th st. (San Francisco) location for a meeting and popped in before my drive home. The interior is crazy chaotic, like your crazy aunt with hoarding tendencies decorated the joint. I love it, completely non-pretentious and welcoming of all types, even the yuppies who’ve made their pilgrimage over from Starbucks. The menu was slightly intimidating but I chose the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee because it was damn hot and I’m an iced coffee fiend. I watched the girl behind the counter slightly bruise the mint leaves in my large cup, grind the coffee beans then proceeded to let the coffee drip over the mint leaves. She asked if I wanted it “sweet and creamy” and I replied with a “yes please”. Finally topping my drink off with ice and more mint leaves, I paid, stuck a straw in and took a long sip.

First impression? Creamy foamy head from a drip coffee? Hellz yea, I’m a girl who loves creamy head. First taste? Silky, damn it was smooth, so incredibly creamy and coated the tongue a bit, great bold taste, very bold in fact and tasted the way coffee should always taste. As I walked another block to my car, settled in and took another sip..the magic happened. I was hit with this fragrant light mint flavor that complimented the coffee so well. As I got down towards the bottom of the cup, the mint flavor was much stronger but never over powered the sweet, creamy bold coffee. Coffee and mint together rocked so hardcore, who knew? I ordered a large cup and wanted more as soon as I took my last sip. The cups are simply not large enough for me and needing more so soon after made me a fan and a believer of Philz Coffee.

I’m addicted now, this will be an expensive habit.

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee ($4.50 – large)

Check out that creamy foamy head. I’m obsessed with it. I said I wouldn’t wax poetics.  I lied.

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