San Francisco is well known for our coffee. Ritual, Four Barrel, Sight Glass, Blue Bottle... The baristas are iconic: Fashionably shaggy beards, chic asymetrical haircuts, arms & chests adorned with tattoos, aloof yet charming. Ken, owner of Castro Coffee Company is the exact opposite of all of these. He and his wife own the best little coffee secret in the 7X7. They have the largest selection of choice and rare beans anywhere in the Bay, and Ken knows his inventory like the back of his hand. He greets me with the smile of a long lost friend every time, and I see the passion in his eyes for what he does. I always get the hand pour, and ask him to pick something out for me that matches my mood. Today I needed something intense.