The pocket-sized mission café Grand Coffee is getting a larger second location


After a decade of selling espresso at a small takeaway cafe in Mission, Grand Coffee is opening a second, larger cafe down the street.

It opens this spring at 2544 Mission St. between 21st and 22nd Streets, one block from the original cafe. The larger space means customers can sit inside and have a cup of coffee. While the original location is limited to espresso drinks and batch coffee at 200 square meters, the second cafe will add specialty drinks made with ingredients drawn from the owners’ cultural backgrounds, such as: B. Mexican hot chocolate or coffee with cardamom syrup. Co-owners Nabeel Silmi, Adrian Lopez, and Kimberly Kim are Palestinian Americans, Mexican Americans, and Korean Americans.

The new Grand Coffee will also serve pour-overs and large-format coffees, like a coffee-filled Chemex to share with a group of friends. The focus on single-origin coffees and blends remains.

There will be a rotating selection of pastries for dinner made by local bakers, although the team has not yet finalized the lineup. Grand Coffee currently sells baked goods from Oakland’s Asian American Bake Sum Pastries; Mexican pastry pop-up Norte54 in San Francisco; and Mission Bakery Kahnfections. The owners also hope to work with the San Francisco nonprofit La Cocina to offer take-away from partner companies.

Banana bread and a cappuccino at Grand Coffee in San Francisco.

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Customers can grab an inside bar seat or an outside table. The space on Mission Street doubles as a workshop that will eventually house various local manufacturers and art galleries, the owners said.

The new location has been in the works for years. Owners originally started looking for a place to roast coffee, but their production has since grown out of the Mission Street space. They will continue to roast beans in West Oakland and provide coffee to local grocery stores, restaurants, and bakeries.

Silmi, a veteran of the bar and restaurant industry in San Francisco, opened Grand Coffee in 2010. A Palestinian American who said there was often discrimination in the service industry wanted to create a welcoming, accessible place to have coffee. A cup of coffee at the Grand is $ 3; the most expensive drink is a $ 5 mocha. Almost all of Grand Coffee’s employees are bilingual and speak both Spanish and English, and he said he is trying to recruit from marginalized communities. Both Lopez and Kim were long-time employees before they became co-owners of the company.

The café’s mission continues in the new space. The owners worked with the United to Save the Mission group on the look and feel of the second Grand Coffee. This group is a coalition of community groups and activists who work to preserve Latinx culture and protect low-income residents in the neighborhood. The owners have signed a letter of intent with the coalition which, among other things, obliges them to adopt a fair and diverse attitude.

“The idea behind Grand was to make coffee specialties that were previously only found in up-and-coming neighborhoods in Mission Street and present them in such a way that they were accessible to everyone,” said Silmi.

Elena Kadvany is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ekadvany


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