Spro – Mission Bay/SOMA

Detail from the A-board outside the Spro Coffee Lab trailer in Spark Social SFI was tipped off about Spro Coffee Lab by the baristas at Devout Coffee, visiting Spro’s Mission Dolores/Castro coffee shop the following day. In typical Coffee Spot fashion, this was Spro’s second location, its first being a trailer in San Francisco’s Mission Bay/SOMA neighbourhood. Fortunately, this is close to Caltrain’s San Francisco terminus on 4th and King Street, my gateway for my various day trips to the city, so the very next day, I headed for the original Spro.

Spro is part of Spark Social SF, a large outdoor food truck park, beer & sangria garden and event space. Impressively, given that it’s literally a trailer, serving from a window at one end, the menu is identical to Spro’s Mission Dolores/Castro coffee shop. The coffee’s from Black & White Coffee Roasters, its Classic espresso and decaf on espresso, joined by a blend and two single-origins on pour-over through the V60, along with mocktails and other drinks. There’s also the full range of salads, open-face toasts, soup and sandwiches, plus the dedicated pastries and desserts menu.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Spark Social SF, seen from across 4th Street in the Mission Bay/SOMA neighbourhoods.
  • And what's that, to the right of the double decker bus? It's the Spro Coffee Lab trailer!
  • Just in case you need reassuring that you've come to the right place.
  • There is another way into Spark Social, which is to the right of the trailer. I actually...
  • ... went this way and found myself looking in awe into Spark, with Spro behind me.
  • Let's explore Spark a little first. There are so many food trucks from all over the city!
  • The impressive set up even has its own toilet block! There's plenty of seating too. A few...
  • ... places have their own seating, while there's this large area under canvas in the middle...
  • ... and beyond that, at the back (the western end) is even more open air seating...
  • ... with shade provided by the orange canopies.
  • There's also an entrance back here, leading in from Mission Bay Boulevard North.
  • If you're looking for Spro and use this entrance, turn left and it's there, right at the end.
  • Getting back to Spro, the queues can build up quickly at lunchtime, but it's worth the wait!
  • You can sit anywhere you like in Spark, but there's plenty of seating just to the left...
  • ... starting with this bench and its two tables at the front of the bus.
  • I sat at this one...
  • ... although the other one is just as good. They're also both nicely shaded.
  • I thought that the signpost was a nice touch.
  • There's more seating in front of the bus, including an Astro-turfed terrace...
  • ... and plenty of tables in front of that, most arranged in pairs, as you can see here.
  • To business. You need to come to this side of the trailer, where you'll find...
  • ... the drinks menu written up on the side. There's also a separate paper menu for the...
  • ... current specials, which is stuck to the side of the trailer. Below that are three A-boards...
  • ... with menus for seasonal drinks (left), sweets (middle) and savouries (right).
  • Once you've decided, you order at the window at the left-hand end of the trailer. This...
  • ... is quite high up, so there's a low stool to act as a step, as demonstrated here.
  • I had the Veggie Tales sandwich, which was wrapped in paper. It's a large ciabatta roll...
  • ... stuffed full of all sorts of goodies. It was as messy as it was delicious! For coffee...
  • ... I went for a pour-over. These were my choices (photo from Spro's other location).
  • I had the Gogogu, a naturally-processed Ethiopian, served in my Frank Green Ceramic cup.
  • I'll leave you with my coffee, seen here admiring the set-up at the Spro trailer.
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Located at the eastern end of Spark Social SF, Spro’s Mission Bay/SOMA trailer is just one of a number outlets that serve a bewildering variety of food and drink between them. Spark is sandwiched between a soccer field (west) and a mini-golf course (east), all part of a narrow green corridor connecting the bay to the southern end of Mission Creek Channel.

Approaching from the bay, Spro is at the front of the park, just to the right of a large red, double-decker bus, the trailer done out in an even more striking red. Drinks are written on the side of the trailer, supplemented by three A-board menus below that, while you order at a small window to the left. This is quite high up, so a small footstool is provided (I’m 6’2” and found it useful). When ready, your food/drink will be brought to the window or you can collect it from the back of the trailer, which is just to the left. There’s a small collection of tables here with sauces, etc. It’s also where you collect online orders.

You’re free to take your order away (disposable cups, crockery and cutlery only, so don’t forget to bring your own) or sit anywhere in Spark, which has a wide selection of seating, including under canvas in the beer & sangria garden in the middle. Staying in the vicinity, there’s plenty of seating to the left of Spro, arrayed around the bus, including an Astro-turfed terrace in front of the bus. There are at least 10 two-person fold-up tables and chairs (most arranged in pairs) in front of the terrace, while at the front of the bus, facing the trailer, is a bench seat with a pair of two-person tables, the perfect place to sit if you want some shade.

Having tried one of the open-faced toasts when I was at the Mission Dolores/Castro coffee shop the day before, I decided to have a sandwich this time, choosing the Veggie Tales. This arrived wrapped in paper, consisting of a large ciabatta roll completely over-stuffed with avocado, cheddar, egg salad, tomatoes, onions and greens, with an amazing smoked guava rum dressing. It was ridiculously messy to eat, but incredibly tasty, easily one of the best things I’ve eaten this year.

For coffee, I went with a pour-over, having had an espresso the day before. I picked the Gogogu, a naturally-processed heirloom varietal from Ethiopia, which I had in my  Frank Green Ceramic cup. This was a lovely, sweet, fruity coffee which only improved as it cooled.

601 MISSION BAY BOULEVARD NORTH • SAN FRANCISCO • CA 94158 • USA
http://sprocoffeelab.com +1 415 971 7908
Monday 07:00 – 16:00 Roaster Black and White (espresso + filter)
Tuesday 07:00 – 16:00 Seating Tables (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 16:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 07:00 – 16:00 Service Counter
Friday 07:00 – 16:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 07:00 – 16:00 Wifi Free
Sunday 07:00 – 16:00 Power Limited
Chain Local Visits 27th July 2022

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