10 of the Best Iced Coffees in San Francisco, Ranked
We’re spoiled: In San Francisco, we’ve got some of the best coffee in the country. And the top roasters in town are always getting creative with their drinks—especially the iced ones. So, just in time for the season, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite refreshers, from Blue Bottle’s New Orleans-style classic to a maraschino cherry stunner. Bottoms up.
10. JAPANESE ICED COFFEE FROM REPOSE
Kind of a cross between standard iced coffee and cold brew, this thirst quencher uses the Japanese technique of brewing hot, pouring immediately over ice and then refrigerating. Think bold, concentrated flavor and a big jolt of caffeine.
262 Divisadero St.; 415-874-9110 or reposecoffee.com
9. FOUR BARREL NITRO COLD BREW COFFEE FROM FOUNDATION CAFÉ
This cold brew is redefining happy hour. Poured straight from the tap, the nitro has a head like a Guinness and a subtle effervescence—no ice required.
335 Kearny St.; 415-781-8880 or foundationcafesf.com
8. ICED ALMAC LATTE FROM SAINT FRANK COFFEE
Nope, it’s not a typo. This nutty latte is made with Little Brother espresso and house-made almond macadamia milk—perfect for daydreaming about lying on the beach in Hawaii.
2340 Polk St.; 415-775-1619 or saintfrankcoffee.com
7. CHERRY BOMB FROM RITUAL COFFEE ROASTERS
What do you get when you mix your favorite childhood mocktail with cold-brew coffee? Ritual’s signature Cherry Bomb, a delightful drink made with maraschino syrup and tonic water and topped with a maraschino cherry, à la the Shirley Temples of your youth, of course. The only catch: You’ll have to go to Ritual’s Flora Grubb Gardens café in Bayview to get it.
1634 Jerrold Ave.; 415-694-6448 or ritualroasters.com
6. MAPLEWOOD COLD BREW FROM PROVENDER COFFEE + FOOD
Sightglass cold brew is poured over ice and blended with milk, maple syrup and a dash of maple extract—when a regular old iced coffee simply won’t do.
1415 18th St.; 415-685-1722 or provendercoffee.com
5. COLD-BREW COFFEE FLOAT FROM SIGHTGLASS
What’s that you say? There’s an affogato bar at the Sightglass in SoMa? That’s right, folks, and they’re serving up delicious iced vanilla cold brew with your choice of Salt & Straw ice cream and a splash of soda. We’ll see you there.
270 Seventh St.; 415-861-1313 or sightglasscoffee.com
4. MARY’S HORCHATA COLD BREW FROM COFFEE BAR
Coffee + horchata (rice milk, heavy cream, vanilla syrup and cinnamon) = Where have you been all our lives?
1890 Bryant St., 101 Montgomery St. and 433 Kearny St.; coffeebarsf.com
3. SNOWY PLOVER FROM ANDYTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS
Named after the tiny birds flitting around Ocean Beach, this soon-to-be cult classic is an artful blend of sparkling water, simple syrup and ice with two shots of espresso—plus a healthy dollop of house-made whipped cream. It’s weird in a good way. A really good way.
3655 Lawton St. and 3629 Taraval St.; andytownsf.com
2. MINT MOJITO FROM PHILZ COFFEE
Icy, minty, refreshing—this Philz favorite goes down real smooth. We’ll cheers to that.
Multiple locations; philzcoffee.com
1. NEW ORLEANS ICED COFFEE FROM BLUE BOTTLE
Straight from the carton or made to order at one of Blue Bottle’s cafés, this creamy concoction of cold-brew coffee with roasted chicory and a heavy pour of milk will always be our number one.
Multiple locations; bluebottlecoffee.com