Bear Pond Espresso, On The Corner, Shibuya

After not liking some of the more traditional coffee houses, I went in search of some third wave coffee joints.




View of the smoking section,  from the non-smoking section. Well, not really, but it smelled that way.



I tried espresso, but in the form of an iced latte (pictured, right). Also got an iced coffee with milk (pictured, left) because who doesn’t like double-fisting coffee amirite? Really, it was to try both forms.


I thought both were ok, not particularly special given the hype. Maybe I’m spoiled by the coffee in SF.

Bear Pond Espresso
On The Corner
36-12, Kitazawa 2-Chōme
Setagaya, Tokyo
Japan 155-0031

Bitter + Sweet, Cupertino

Seems you can find San Francisco relics in the south bay area more and more these days.  This is a good thing, imho, and this is the reason I like Bitter + Sweet.  I can go to one place and find multiple things I like, where friends and I can gather and find something for everyone.



If you’re hungry, there’s panini sandwiches served with salad.  With just the right amount of salad dressing.20151212Bitter+Sweet04


Pastries from Satura Cakes out of Los Altos.20151212Bitter+Sweet0520151212Bitter+Sweet08


Coffee from Sightglass, San Francisco.  Their signature drink is the Red Velvet Latte.20151212Bitter+Sweet06


Ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco.20151212Bitter+Sweet09


Pairing it together is awesome…  Sightglass affogato with Secret Breakfast!20151212Bitter+Sweet10

And the bathroom is clean and well-ventilated / AC’d.

Bitter + Sweet, 20560 Town Center Ln, Cupertino, CA 95014


Affogato Bar, Sightglass, San Francisco

Affogato Bar, inside Sightglass SoMa.  AKA Affogato Heaven.20150508Sightglass7

The entryway from the sidewalk.20150508Sightglass1


The roaster.  Can’t miss it once you walk in.20150508Sightglass2


Beans and devices elsewhere on the first floor.20150508Sightglass3


This is where the magic happens.  The Affogato Bar.  Found on the second floor / mezzanine level of Sightglass’s flagship roastery and coffee house in SoMa.20150508Sightglass4


Selections include seasonal (quarterly?) rotating ice cream flavors from Portland’s Salt & Straw ice creamery.  I recommend asking the barista for pairings.  Or you can go rogue, if that’s your thing.20150508Sightglass5




Now you can experience a slice of heaven:20150508Sightglass6

Sightglass Coffee, 270 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103