The crazy glut of coffee options in the Castro shows little signs of abating as we get word that Verve Coffee Roasters is set to arrive in the flatiron-shaped space that was most recently home to Veo Optics at 2101 Market Street (at Church). Coffees from Verve, a roastery based in Santa Cruz that has done most of their cafe expansion in Los Angeles so far, have been available in various SF venues for a number of years, but as Eater reports this is the first standalone cafe location to open in San Francisco, for a total of nine (including one in Tokyo).
And it's a good location for a cafe, at a busy intersection adjacent to six different Muni lines, but will Castro and Duboce Triangle denizens who pass through here take to a new coffee option when they've already been treated to so many in recent years? As SFist noted in 2015, the area seems to have reached peak coffee and that was upon learning of Verve's intentions to come to the neighborhood. At the time, the tally was 14 coffeeshops in about a six-block radius, though since then a couple have closed: Jumpin Java on Noe Street, Eureka! on Castro Street which just closed last summer, and the Castro and 18th location of Artis Coffee, which shuttered within a year of opening. Two other cafes closed and then reopened or relocated: Cafe Sophie was revived last year as Sofia Cafe, and Philz relocated to larger digs around the corner on Castro Street.
In the good news column for this Verve location, it comes with baked goods from Los Gatos-based Manresa Bread, run by star chef David Kinch and head baker Avery Ruzicka, marking the first outpost where that relatively new bakery's stuff will be available in the city.
Also, there will be pressed juice and other breakfast and lunch items, and according to a release, the interior design by LA-based firm Design, Bitches will “give a nod to the breezy naturalism shared among iconic artists and architects along the Northern California coast in the 1960s." I think that means a Sea Ranch vibe.
Look for Verve to debut on February 13, and it will be open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Previously: Hasn't The Castro Reached Peak Coffee?