The Mill – San Francisco, CA

How do I even begin. This coffee shop was everything I hoped it would be and more. From the huge communal table which brings about unexpected conversations, to the perfect creamy latte art the barista offered to re-do for my photo. I found myself unable to stop taking photos here or take my hands off my latte and toast. And seriously, did this place know about my affection for coffee shops who make gourmet toast?! Just jump right in to my heart will ya?

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I reached The Mill around 2:30 or 3pm on Friday. I was surprised at how busy it was considering it was still a workday. However I got the impression that a lot of people stop here for an afternoon coffee break or to work remotely. Every single side table was taken, and only the dreaded communal table had spots open. Trust me. When you walk around coffee shops like a weirdo taking a bazillion photos of things and half of those are photos of your own coffee, which by that point is going insanely cold, you’d like to sit alone…

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I ordered a latte and toast with lemon cream cheese frosting. It took a while for my toast but my coffee was decently fast. I didn’t mind since I knew this place was packed and clearly they were just backed up. They had a few toasts to choose from (I’d say there were about four ways you could get your toast), and every standard coffee drink. They don’t have any specialty drinks that I recall, so beware that this place is reserved for the true cappuccino lovers!

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My latte was so smooth and creamy, and the art was fantastically done. When the barista called out my coffee I went up to the bar and snapped a photo. He winced and said he should have made the art better. I laughed because it was so great to begin with! He was definitely being a perfectionist, but I completely get it (perfectionist here too *raises hand*).

Next I tried my toast and I was so in love. The lemon cream cheese paired so perfectly with that slice of bread, it was heaven. It even came with sprinkles on top! There may have been an unwanted comment from my neighbor about my unhealthy choice, but if something comes with sprinkles, you better believe I’m ordering it.

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Everyone here was super friendly. The staff and baristas were great and conversational, and I even had a few conversations at the communal table. Wait, my obnoxious photo taking didn’t turn people off? I couldn’t believe it! BUT, it is San Francisco; the birthplace of everything tech and entrepreneur bloggers alike.

The inside decor might be one of my favorites thus far. The Mill has a very nordic feeling with lots of white and beautiful subway tiles. There is a large shelving unit that has an abundance of plants and vases and other little nick nacks. Small tables line the sides of the building and a large communal table is to the left. The smaller tables to the left have a wooden top and the tables on the right hand side have a marble-like white top. I really wanted to get a white one because I feel they are best for photographing, but they were all completely full. If you do visit this coffee shop you have several options for photos depending on if you’re feeling a warmer wood look, or a cleaner look with the white marble. THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT GUYS. Don’t forget to complete your photo with an order of their toast!

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I will definitely be back to The Mill next time I am in San Francisco. I was really impressed with the kindness, the decor, and the wonderfully made latte. Oh, and I can’t forget about the toast. You can hide in this charming coffee shop for hours on a rainy day. In fact, that sounds like quite a good plan.

How do you feel about coffee shops that serve ‘gourmet’ toast? What is your favorite thing about The Mill?

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