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When you move to San Francisco, everyone you meet recommends Philz for an unfussy cup of coffee without parallel. A handful of branches have sprouted up around the Bay Area, but the original is at 24th and Folsom ―a collection of comfy couches and a high counter where a regiment of baristas dispenses coffee. The signature at Philz is a creamy, bold Turkish-style blend fragrant with mint. Since each order is made, as the store's motto goes, "one cup at a time," be prepared to wait a while for yours.
"It's my life's masterpiece," says Phil Jaber, leaning across the counter of his shop in his snap-brim fedora, expectantly holding the bag, waiting for us to take a whiff. "I call it," he says, pausing, "Tesora." The name of his signature blend of coffee rolls off his tongue like the password to a forbidden city, where men have stolen a recipe for a mysterious concoction of the gods. Jaber has been working on the blend for the past few years, picking through the beans in different subtle... More »
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