Mercury Cafe

minimum investment: $25.00

Airy daytime spot with an arty vibe serving fair-trade coffee, organic light food & baked goods.

Mercury Cafe was founded on the principle of localism. That is, supporting the local economy by purchasing from other local vendors. Our coffee is roasted at De La Paz Coffee in San Francisco. Our bread is from ACME Bread Company in Berkeley. Our fruits and vegetables are from Veritable Vegetable in San Francisco. Our sandwich meats come from Zoe’s Meats in Santa Rosa and Molinari & Sons, San Francisco. Buying from these and other local vendors helps us keep the money the cafe earns within the community, where it supports other local businesses and their employees. This has the added benefit of reducing the transportation carbon footprint.

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With much new construction throughout the city, particularly in Hayes Valley, the cafe has seen a shift in the neighborhood. We hope that through raising funds, we can better serve our neighborhood by buying new equipment (we need a new espresso machine and grinder for starters), improving the cafe, and completing the parklet—which, while quite useable, remains unfinished.