Philz Coffee – San Francisco, CA


Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

  • My reason to visit: One of a kind spot in Bay Area. So unique in drinks and ambiance!

  • One thing I wish it would be better: Less mint leaves

As soon as a winter quarter was over, I took a short trip to San Francisco with my boyfriend. Since Bay Area is a well-known region for excellent dining experiences and outstanding foods, we were so excited for experiencing good foods, drinks and desserts.

As my boyfriend is an avid eater of Mexican cuisine, I did some research on where to get the best Mexican foods in Bay Area and it turns out to be “Mission District”. We headed down to Mission District and seriously had the best, unforgettable, exceptional burritos and tacos!!!

After satisfying our Mexican foods craving, I found out that ‘Philz Coffee’, which was a must-try place on my list, was just a few blocks away from where we were.

Walking down the street to Philz Coffee was such a pleasant experience. The trees along the streets were beautifully trimmed, the sky was clear, the houses along the streets were colorfully painted, and the neighborhood had chill ambiance. After strolling for about 15 minutes, we finally made it to Philz Coffee!


Hand Drip Coffee Bar

A few of comfy-looking couches that looked like I could sprawl on, wooden chairs, the wooden floor, and the full-service coffee bar welcomed us. It gave hipster, cozy, lounge-y,eclectic ambiance. It certainly had its own character!

We already knew what we wanted to try – Mint Mojito Iced Coffee! The flavor of mint kicked in while I was sipping the coffee, which was refreshing enough to wake me up from food coma. I had never seen nor tried mojito coffee before, so this was a unique, special experience for me. I definitely recommend this to anyone! (except those who don’t like mint 🙂 )


Mint Mojito Iced Coffee!!

One thing I was sad about the drink was the amount of mint leaves in a cup. When I was getting close to finish my drink, the flavor of mints was getting stronger and stronger since the so much of mint leaves settled in the bottom.

Although the mojito coffee was such a great drink, I wish I would’ve tried their regular coffee to experience what their hand drip from over 20 customized blends tastes like since that’s what Philz Coffee is known for.

Have you ever been to and tried Philz Coffee? What are your favorite and recommendations? 🙂 

  • Philz Coffee was founded in 2002 by Phil Jaber in Mission District, San Francisco.
  • Multiple Locations throughout town and the country
    • Mission District: 3101 24th St. at Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Capitol Hill, Seattle


  • Reason to visit: Good coffee, Good vanilla latte

  • One thing I wish it would’ve been different: Longer hours (currently 7am-7pm) and more seats!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters is originally from Portland, Oregon. In-house tasting, roasting, sourcing and producing tells me how dedicated and professional Stumptown is to serving coffee.

My favorite from Stumptown is (Vanilla) Latte. It is neither too sweet nor too bitter. It is the perfect combination of bitter espresso and a hint of sweetness. I personally don’t like too sweet vanilla latte that only tastes like vanilla syrup. Latte is the perfect mixture of creamy milk and bitter espresso as well.

Stumptown coffee tends to be on a stronger side, so try latte or vanilla latter rather than americano if you’re a person who likes mild coffee.

Cold Brew Coffee, Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, Cold Brew with Milk, Cold Brew with Coconut and seasonal flavors are available on their display in the stores! These canned or prepackaged ones come in handy


Are you a coffee lover? Hunt Stumptown down to grab amazing coffee!

There are two locations around town.

  • Location #1: 616 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
  • Location #2: 1115 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA

Cafe Solstice in University District



Do you have your favorite cafe in your neighborhood? What does it look like?

Mine is Cafe Solstice located in University District.

I’m pretty sure that I’d spent the second most time at Cafe Solstice during my undergraduate years at the UW (of course the first place is a library!).

Even though there are tons of other cafes in Seattle that look more chic and serve better coffees and desserts, Cafe Solstice holds the most special place in my heart. I’d got a lot of things done in this place: to study, to hang out, to get coffee and tea, to plan my trips, to write resumes, to skype with my family and to get a piece of cardamom cake.

When I reminisce about my life in Seattle, I miss a cozy neighborhood cafe the most, which is just like Cafe Solstice. This place might not look as hip or fancy as other cafes in Seattle. However, the wooden tables and chairs that look quite old and dusty give me the most comfortable feeling.

My recommendation for drinks from Cafe Solstice is mocha latte! I like my mocha sweet and chocolate-y and the mocha from Solstice fulfills my preference to the perfection. If you are someone like me, don’t miss out on their mocha latte.

  • Location:
4116 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

b/t 42nd St & 41st St
University District