AND FOR COF­FEE THAT SAT­IS­FIES AN AUS­TRALIAN…

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We’re all fa­mil­iar with the flat white, pic­colo and mac­chi­ato in Aus­tralia but there’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent cof­fee lan­guage to learn in the United States, from the Americano (espresso di­luted with hot wa­ter) to the cor­tado (“cut” with milk, like a mini flat white) and the San Fran­cisco-born Gi­bral­tar (sim­i­lar to a cor­tado but served in a glass). So, where to find a good brew in San Fran­cisco? Thanks to An­drew Hard­ja­su­darma at Room 10 café in Syd­ney’s Potts Point, I had a list to work through. Here are my top picks.

◖ Sight­glass Cof­fee (sight­glass­coffee.com) is a cool café and roast­ery in the SoMa dis­trict. The espresso ma­chine set-up is pretty im­pres­sive and the mez­za­nine level of­fers an awe­some view of the open bar and roaster. The cof­fee was great and the cin­na­mon ap­ple turnover wasn’t bad, either.

◖ Saint Frank (saint­frankcof­fee.com) at Rus­sian Hill is a sleek, light-filled café with a fun vibe, de­spite all the se­ri­ous young cof­fee drinkers sip­ping while surf­ing the net. My cof­fee was caramel-like with a de­li­cious, long flavour. It was right up there with Aus­tralian brews and my favourite of the trip.

◖ Tar­tine Bak­ery & Cafe (tartinebak­ery.com) does an okay cof­fee but the real rea­son to visit is to watch the staff make and dress the tasty cakes while you queue to order. The crois­sants are also wor­thy of a men­tion and, if you rock up af­ter 11.30am, hot sand­wiches are on of­fer. The amaz­ing bread is baked on site.

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