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By Brittany Doohan

How many cups of coffee have you had today? (None plus five?) If you’re a caffeine fanatic like I am (and you’re sick of the same old cup of joe from your rusty old coffee pot), check out these four unique and buzzworthy coffee shops in the Castro District!

Spike’s Coffee and Tea — 4117 19th St

Spike’s is one of the best independent coffeehouses in the Castro District. They carefully prepare each espresso beverage to their customers' delight. They really value their customers at Spike’s — they strive to learn your name and what coffee you prefer! They also donate their time and efforts to charities around the city. Learn more about Spike’s Coffee and Tea:

Philz Coffee — 4023 18th St

Looking for a cup of coffee that will tickle your taste buds and make your hair stand on end? Philz Coffee has got an array of unique blends and tasty drinks that will surely do the job. The Philz Coffee in the Castro District, on 18th Street between Noe and Hartford Streets, is small and cozy, but explodes with charm. As soon as you walk in you’ll see interesting art pieces hanging on the ceiling (at the moment they’ve got it stocked with rainbows, unicorns and metal figurines) and friendly baristas ready to take your order. Learn more:

Cafe Sophie — 3463 16th St

At Cafe Sophie they aim to serve the best coffee, espresso, tea and pastries from local vendors. They are very passionate about sustainability and authenticity. The interior is constructed from a single storm cypress tree and they serve coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters, which is a direct trade roasting company. They even have monthly art exhibitions! Learn more about Cafe Sophie:

Cafe UB — 3901 18th St

Cafe UB is the new kid in town — and the Castro community really loves what they have to offer. They serve specialty coffees and teas, espresso drinks and cold brew, artisan breads and pastries, and made-to-order sandwiches. Some of their popular items are their apple fritters, bread pudding, cheese scones, frittatas, all butter croissants, Argentine empanadas, and breakfast sandwiches. Any of those sound good to you? We thought so. Learn more:

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