Visit our Historic Restaurant for Coffee – Eagle Cafe

Before going through our menu you must first make one of the most important decisions of the day. What kind of coffee should I get today? Refer to the coffee types chart below. Decisions, decisions so many different types of coffee. We’ve got you covered with coffee at Eagle Cafe. Now, if your interested in a deeper dive on coffee and particularly the BEST coffee San Francisco has to offer, make sure to check out our in depth guide. 

Picture this. It’s a gorgeous day at PIER 39’s Historic Waterfront Restaurant. It’s warm, a bit foggy with a cold breeze. You’re thinking what kind of coffee should you get? Perhaps a cold brew? No, too cold. Cappuccino? Hmm.. haven’t had that in a while. I want to order something that’s different though, I am visiting San Francisco. What about a mocha, flavored with Ghirardelli chocolate? Oh,  yes, that sounds perfect! Mocha it is! 

Sound familiar? 

We go through the coffee menu with such excitement, anxiously waiting for that fresh brew, the first sip We’ve all been there. They’re so many types of coffee. How can we make sure we choose the right one?

Not all coffee drinks are brewed in the same way. Although the coffee drinks chart refers to the different coffee drinks

Different brewing styles can result in changes in the flavor and strength of the drink. Below are a few kinds of coffee brewing styles.

  • Drip Brew: Ground coffee is added to a brew basket and placed in an automatic coffee machine for this brewing style. Gravity is used to pass water through the grounds, resulting in a traditional cup of coffee.
  • Pour Over: This brewing style is achieved by pouring boiling water slowly through coffee grounds as they sit in a filter basket. The coffee then drips into a single cup, resulting in a strong brew. 
  • Cold Brew: For this method, coarsely ground coffee is placed in room temperature water and allowed to steep for an extended period of time. This results in a less bitter brew while still remaining high in caffeine.
  • Espresso: To achieve an espresso brew, pressurized hot water is passed through a filter containing finely ground dark roasted beans using a cappuccino or espresso machine. The force of the water produces a highly concentrated coffee shot. This is the method most commonly used for the base of coffee drinks.
  • Ristretto: Brewed in a similar method to the espresso, pressurized water is passed through the coffee grounds. However, you would use half the amount of water. The shorter brewing cycle creates a more concentrated and darker shot of espresso.

At Eagle Cafe, we’re proud to serve a variety of types of coffee drinks. Getting coffee is also a wonderful way to be social with someone. Want the full guide to going on a coffee date? Check out our Coffee Date blog. It answers any questions you ever had about getting coffee with someone for a date. Now it’s time to check out all the different coffees we serve at Eagle Cafe:


As the most popular coffee drinks out there, the latte is comprised of a shot of espresso and steamed milk with just a touch of foam. It can be ordered plain or with a flavor shot of anything from vanilla to pumpkin spice. 


Cappuccino is a latte made with more foam than steamed milk, often with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon on top. Sometimes you can find variations that use cream instead of milk or ones that throw in flavor shot, as well.


With a similar flavor to black coffee, the americano consists of an espresso shot diluted in hot water. 


An espresso shot can be served solo or used as the foundation of most coffee drinks, like lattes and macchiatos.


Like yin and yang, a cortado is the perfect balance of espresso and warm steamed milk. The milk is used to cut back on the espresso’s acidity.


The macchiato is another espresso-based drink that has a small amount of foam on top. It’s the happy medium between a cappuccino and a doppio.


For all you chocolate lovers out there, you’ll fall in love with a mocha (or maybe you already have). The mocha is a chocolate espresso drink with steamed milk and foam. Coffee at Eagle Cafe is served with a San Francisco Classic, Ghirardelli chocolate syrup, yum!

Never Underestimate the Importance of Being Properly Caffeinated.

Next time you look at the menu and seem overwhelmed by all the different types of coffee. We hope this helps ease your decision See you soon for a cup of Joe at Eagle Cafe, cheers!