Changed Owners = 1 Star establishment.
The new owners are No Good.
When they got the place, they eliminated everyone's benefits, slashed wages, and then did the classic "brain-drain and fire" move. All the cool people were suddenly gone, along with the eclectic music and fun atmosphere.
* My favorite is that the day after the nearby cafe burned down, these guys Raised Prices!! * It's the most expensive coffee in the Haight.
Honestly, despite being a somewhat regular customer (at least after the good cafe burned to the ground), I was never once warmly greeted, and although the woman (I assume sister) would be somewhat cordial, there's something genuinely chemically wrong with the guy. He doesn't blink. He doesn't smile. There's no emotion. He obviously doesn't care about the products, the store or the customers.
There's something wrong going on here, and it looks like a lot other recent reviewers agree.
Upper Haight hangout with a communal vibe caters to caffeine fiends..
Black-and-white photos of influential icons including Einstein and Nelson Mandela decorate the walls. Groups gather at tables in the front, mismatched couches and leather chairs share space with a bookshelf further back. At the counter, there's a full selection of organic, free-trade coffee drinks. Food ranges from quiche to yogurt parfait to sandwiches.
Great Coffeehouse Feel. Coffee to the People really nails the coffeehouse environment. Bustling on the weekends and mornings, a littel quieter mid-week, this coffeehouse does real homage to the hey-days of the Haight-Ashbury without faking a hippy vibe for the tourists. The only cafe I've ever been to with a community action wall that gives information about local politics. They seem very committed to their ideals and the community, and, just as important, it is fun to be there.
Really good coffee. Excellent cafe with really good fair trade organic coffee and espresso. Very extensive tea menu. Ginormous sandwiches made with really good meat. They also have vegetarian and vegan sandwiches and pastries but i didnt try those - they looked good though. Good energy and nice service. Nice community place. Highly recommended.
Fair trade and delicious. The Citysearch review says Coffee to the People has "free trade," but it really has "fair trade," NOT free trade. What's the diff? Free trade is get the lowest price possible. FAIR trade is pay third world countries a fair price for their coffee to increase their standard of living instead of taking advantage of them by getting the lowest price. Coffee to the People is all about the fair trade. All of their coffee is fair trade. And organic. And it is GOOD. It is a nice place to hang out, too.
Great Cafe Experience. I wandered over to the Haight the other day and found a "new" cafe (at least it wasn't there last time I was in the Haight about a year ago). I've never been happy with any cafes over in the Haight but this one was excellent. The cafe was clean, roomy, comfortable, and the staff efficient and very nice. The latte I ordered had great flavor, not the typical "Italian roast" thing they do in North Beach but kind of complex and very good. The atmosphere was vibrant but not too loud. Instead of the usual tourist trap, the cafe was more geared toward the neighborhood, which I think helped its overall feel. It might even convince me to visit Haight again soon.
Totally amazing coffeehouse.. The coffee is super fresh and tastes great. They have their own roasts and I had one called Peace and Love and it was bold but not bitter at all. My buddy had a double cap and I didn't try it but it looked good and he said it was the best he had in a long time. I had almost given up on coffee in the Haight but I'm definitely coming back for more of this. The decor was unique, too. You can tell these people are the real deal because instead of throwing up a bunch of lame hippy posters they put up the real inspirational leaders in civil rights and peace. The bumper sticker wallw as a cool idea, too.
What I like in a coffeehouse.
What do you want out of a coffeehouse?
1. Great coffee and espresso - they have it.
2. Enough room to chill out - they have plenty.
3. Comfort - they have lots of that - nice lighting, comfortable big chairs and leather couches.
4. Free wireless - check.
5. Nice staff - no attitude, and very friendly.
6. Unique character - like a coffeehouse AND a mini-museum to leaders in civil rights and peace movements, with a free library.
7. Good crowd
8. Events - They have free open mike every Friday night and other music events.
It is the whole package of what I look for in a coffeehouse, and things I never even thought of but that are cool too. Really happy I found this place.
Coffee to the Peeps is Sf's best. This is the BEST coffee I have had in San Francisco and maybe anywhere. I can't think of anywhere better. Strong, smooth, not bitter but packs a punch. Lots of room, political books, posters, quotes. Comfortable and clean.
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