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A coffeehouse that doesn’t serve espresso? Yes, it exists—and it’s pretty popular, to boot. Philz Coffee specializes in one thing: blended coffee that’s sold by the bag or served made-to-order. A classic Philz brew is made one cup at a time—in a manner similar to a pour-over—with cream, sugar, and fresh mint on top. Many consider it to be the perfect cup of coffee, and it’s all thanks to years of dedication behind the scenes.
Phil Jaber, the founder of Philz, percolated on how to make the perfect cup for more than 25 years before turning his Mission grocery store into a coffeehouse in 2003. Since then, his company has grown into more than a dozen locations that produce 30+ unique coffee blends, each one combining up to seven different beans sourced from all over the world. Despite the company’s rapid growth, Phil and his son Jacob, who acts as CEO, take their role as a neighborhood coffeehouse very seriously. In an effort to create a welcoming, relaxed environment, they makes a point to hire friendly baristas who are as passionate about coffee as they are. Philz is also committed to being green, offering a discount for bringing in a mugs and giving away coffee grinds, which customers might use to nourish their gardens or rub all over their body to create a convincing Swamp Thing costume.
At Philz, each coffee blend is given a name that encapsulates its taste, Phil’s vision, and the process by which he created it. For instance, the very first Philz blend, Tesora, is named for the Italian word meaning “treasure.” A medium roast with a toasty and nutty aroma, Tesora—which took Phil seven years to develop—is what Philz employees recommend to first-timers. The easy-to-drink brew finishes clean and smooth, and, like most of Philz blends, it has a very low acidity level. This prevents stomachaches commonly associated with drinking coffee and shotgunning lemons.