WHAT: Golden Fog
IT’S: A new coffeehouse in the Downtown Arts District
OPENED: October 10, 2020
BRAINS BEHIND IT: Owners Derek and Juliet Douglas, Lead Barista Sean Atkinson
FUN FACT: Juliet drinks tea. Derek is “the coffee guy.”
LOCATION: The shareDOWNTOWN apartment complex (1300 S. Casino Center Blvd.)
HOURS: Saturday to Sunday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
INSTAGRAM: A coffee joint with an artsy side
Lattes a Vegan Can Love
Coffee with Quality
All of the coffee beans are from Sightglass in San Francisco. Request a pour-over to fully enjoy single-origin beans from the great coffee regions of the world. Ethiopia and Colombia are always represented with two others in rotation. (At last check, Guatemala and Kenya.) Each selection, brewed to order by the cup, has its own profile-setting on a machine that grinds the beans with the same consistency each time. The always-ready house brew is balanced and approachable—good on its own or with cream and sugar—for those on the run. The espresso uses a greater ratio of water to coffee than some competitors, which allows for more sweetness and room to let flavors emerge. All drinks are currently served in disposable cups to maximize health and safety during the pandemic.
Golden Fog has a robust tea program. Each serving is triple-stacked, which means the tea is infused three times, allowing a full spectrum of flavor profiles to emerge. While other coffee shops might use a concentrate or powder, Golden Fog prepares its chai tea latte with loose leaf tea, cardamom, cinnamon and other spices soaked in agave for a hint of sweetness—steeped before milk is added, then strained.
Even the hot chocolate is exceptional. Golden Fog melts 70-percent Ecuadorian Dandelion chocolate with almond milk, then adds a little extra steamed milk on top for foam. Customers are welcome to mix in sugar, but fans of dark chocolate will enjoy the drink without modifications. The mocha latte is prepared in similar fashion, but with espresso added.
If you’re hungry, a wide variety of pastry options are available, including sweet, savory and vegan. Try a croissant, bagel, cookie or even an apple turnover.
Coffee and espresso $3.50 to $6, loose leaf teas $4.25 to $6, other drinks $2.50 to $6, pastries $2.50 to $7.
Despite being in an area with other notable coffeehouses (including Makers & Finders, Vesta, and PublicUs on Fremont Street), Golden Fog is carving out its own niche with its tea program and vegan-friendly options while championing a high standard for single-origin coffee beans. As the Arts District continues to grow, there’s more than enough customers to go around.