Rise and shine: There’s a new wave coffee shop in Noe Valley, one that has taken over an old laundromat and totally transformed it into a sleek cafe. This new project comes from barista Maricar Lagura and roaster Christian Ritter, and promises eye-opening coffee, pastries from local bakeries, and beans roasted on site.
Noe Cafe replaces Spin City, a cute laundromat with big glass windows at a residential corner of Sanchez and Clipper. For over a decade, Lagura has served coffee out of a tiny cafe jammed into its front corner. It was, many say, the first third-wave coffee option for the neighborhood, starting as a Blue Bottle purveyor in 2010 (back when Blue Bottle was actually small). Now the coffee operation will take over the entire space.
Lagura and Ritter pulled out Spin City’s old industrial washers and dryers, jackhammered the floors, and put in a fresh coat of paint. There’s now a big center island, with walnut countertops and a gleaming La Marzocco espresso machine (“We had to retire Big Bertha after four years at Outside Lands,” Lagura says fondly of its predecessor, which she lugged out to pour for the show). In the front, the coffee window still opens onto the street, now with a nook and bench. To the right, there are four low tables, each with its own power socket for laptop jockeys. To the left, a recessed wall of dryers has been replaced with three deep booths. In the back, a standup bar surrounds an actual coffee roaster.