March News

Farley’s SF is Turning 30!

Farley’s is having a party in honor of our 30th anniversary, on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and we couldn’t let this day go by without a celebration! To honor 30 years of bringing “community in a cup” to Potrero Hill and to thank all of our friends around the Bay, we’ll be having a big party with music, food and memorabilia. Plus, there will be prizes and gifts for everyone who joins us that day.

We’ll also have commemorative t-shirts and hoodies for sale (starting this weekend, shirts are $20 and hoodies $40) with the special 30th anniversary logo. Activities will be happening all day, with music starting at 9 am and concluding at 7 pm.

It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that we celebrate this significant milestone, and in keeping with our commitment to community, we are reaching out to our staff, our customers and fellow local businesses to create a memorable anniversary celebration.

One of the events that we are organizing for the anniversary celebration is a raffle. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be donated to The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, a local charitable organization that’s been providing programs and services to the community since 1907! We’ve received a variety of donations from local business and San Francisco institutions, which we will be raffling off throughout the day during the 30th anniversary celebration. A few of the prizes include: Custom “Farley’s 30th Anniversary” Rickshaw Messenger Bags, VIP and general admission tickets to the DeYoung Museum and The Legion of Honor, $100 gift certificate to The Good Life grocery, custom “Farley’s 30th Anniversary” Deluxe skateboard decks, and more! You can start purchasing raffle tickets next week for only $2 each and $10 for six tickets. Check out these great items that you’ll definitely want a chance to win.



Cafe News

Cherry Bomb Toast

Blowing through 2019, like the cold breeze we have all been feeling. We are officially saying goodbye to holidays, and moving back into reality. Thank goodness for spring break, that’s coming up, right? Do we even do that anymore? Apple Cider has left the building but there are always delicious things coming out of Farley’s all the time! Our San Francisco cafe is loaded with coffee, soups, home-made cookies, and other tasty pastries. Did you know they do empanadas? At Farley’s East, across the bridge in Oakland, be sure to check out all the new things coming out of the kitchen! Fresh made biscuits, muffins, new salads, and more! It is a never ending treat coming into Farley’s, no matter which side of the bridge you are playing on.

Farley’s East Featured Roaster: Sightglass

Coffee is a seasonal fruit and we source it directly from origin in freshly harvested lots. We practice small production methods that allow us to scrutinize and perfect our processes. Attaining a perfect roast is an intuition, a smell, a sound, a slight change in color—it’s about careful attention to detail that comes through in every cup.

Our company takes its name from the ‘sightglass,’ the viewing window on our vintage PROBAT coffee roaster that exposes the complex and delicate process of roasting coffee. We believe that knowing the story behind your coffee—where it was grown, how it was processed, and who handled it along the way—is a powerful link from the cup to the wider world.

Ultimately, we aim to deliver the highest quality achievable in all aspects of our business, whether that be sourcing the most beautiful and wondrous coffees attainable or employing the most mindful and quality-focused practices possible.

Ruka Designs

Farley’s East Artist of the Month: Ruka Designs

Ruka Designs, specializes in custom furniture and wood art designs made from the most unique reclaimed materials you will find in the country. Having once sailed the Indian Ocean as traditional Dhows, each piece of wood is repurposed into a beautiful new piece of art.

Instagram: @ruka_designs


Farley’s SF Art Retrospective

This month’s art show is a retrospective of the history, art and people of Farley’s Coffee. It will include works of art that have been gifted to the family by artists who have used Farley’s as their subject matter and include a photo history of the Farley’s linage, past and present. Finally, the work by long time Farley’s patron and well recognized photographer Sharon Beals will be showcased. For her contribution, Sharon took photos of the beloved Farley’s staff, bringing forward the other dimensions of their passions and life pursuits.


Farley’s SF Artist of the Month: Sharon Beals

“Who Serves Your Coffee?
As someone who has been savoring her morning lattes at Farley’s for nearly all of the years it has been open, I felt I needed to say something about how important it is for our community. For nearly three decades it has been our neighborhood’s town square, where neighbors meet, ideas flow, political views are exchanged or argued, and for some of us, it is a safe refuge for eccentrics.

Central to the sense of place I feel at Farley’s are the people who work there. As someone whose first job in high school was making espresso in a smoky coffee house during Seattle’s boho era, I appreciate that every one of them manages to be respectful and welcoming; when the lines aren’t long, coffee is often served with an honest personal exchange, or wry humor. And as a woman of a certain age, no one has ever made me feel invisible or outdated.

With these photos I wanted to honor the current cast with a tribute to their lives outside of Farley’s—the lives supported by wages and tips from long hours of not-always-easy public service. Some will be, or already are, moving onto their next episodes. Gratefully, a few of them are sticking around, and will be joined by equally smart, patient, creative and interesting contributors to the goodwill that I take into my day after coffee at Farley’s.”

Sharon Beals is the author and photographer of Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them. The Nest Series documents nest and eggs specimens dating from the 1800’s to present day from The California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology in Berkeley, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, CA, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, and the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian. She is currently photographing the nests of extinct and endangered birds, and has just photographed specimens at the Australian National Wildlife Collection in Canberra.

Besides the nests, she photographs wild native habitats and watersheds, and recently, serpentine coastal fault lines. Responding to the issue of plastic ocean debris, she has created photograms of plastic fragments to make large scale, deceptively beautiful yet confrontational images.

Sharon lives and works in San Francisco. She is represented by CordonPotts Gallery.

Farley′s Events

Farley’s SF

Thursday, March 7: Live music by Ben Barnes, a fiddle player, singer and songwriter, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Friday, March 8Stand up comedy with MC Sergio Novoa, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Monday, March 11: Live music by Eddie Mathews, a blues singer from Texas, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Thursday, March 14: Live music by Kevin Patrick McGee, performing originals and select covers from the 1960’s to the present, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 16: Live music by Marc Maynon and CD Onofrio, performing folk music, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Sunday, March 17: Farley’s 30th anniversary, live music and giveaways throughout the day.

Tuesday, March 19: Live music by Sam Levin, a New York based musician playing acoustic originals and covers, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 20: Live Music by local Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman. Berkman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora (a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa), 7:30-9:00 pm.

Thursday, March 21: Live music by James Everett, an R&B, Jazz and pop singer and performer, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 23: From Asheville, North Carolina, now based in Port Townsend, Washington, songstress Samara Jade is thrilled to bring her soulful “philosopholk” tunes to San Francisco for the first time, joined by songbird Te Martin, of San Francisco.

Wednesday, March 27: Live music by the ever-popular Soul Delights. Join us for a lively performance, 7:30-9:00 pm.

Farley’s SF is looking for nonprofits and artists to display in the window boxes. If you’re interested, please email

Farley’s East is looking for nonprofits and artists to display in the window boxes and the walls. If you’re interested, please email