Pinhole Coffee is a cafe in the “Neighborhood in the Sky,” Bernal Heights (San Francisco, CA). Our building was erected in the 1880’s at the corner of Bonview St. and Cortland Ave. The space was originally Max Breithaupt’s butcher shop. We opened for business September 12, 2014. The foundation of our cafe is based on almost 20 years of working in the coffee industry. Our intention is to serve quality coffee sourced from numerous roaster friends. The Pinhole Crew takes time to dial in these coffees, paying attention to the ever changing science of the beans (time, temperature and weight).
The term “pinhole” is a reference to “pinhole photography.” It is a symbolic parallelism of something small producing something big. In pinhole photography, when a pin sized hole is exposed to light it reflects an image. We like to think that everyone involved in our space is the “light source”, our cafe is the “pinhole” and the result is the overall experience.