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Philz Coffee
1600 Shattuck Ave.  Known for its made-to-order drip coffee and investors that include Snoop Dogg, this coffee house began 20 years ago in the Mission District of San Francisco as a grocery store at 24th and Folsom streets.  Now it has 22 locations and counting, and is the coffee served on Virgin America.  But personally, I think the baristas here can be a tad too cheery.  They spoil what could be a cooler, more unfriendly, beatnik-style ambiance.  Sitting outside on the sidewalk is pleasant, but if you’re here to work or surf, upstairs is quieter (though it is seemingly impossible to ever find an empty seat there).  The mostly liquid menu includes an array of coffees (I favor the yummy mint mojito iced version), a thick hot chocolate, and some pastries and a good baklava. 

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