Kink in exile

Notes from a kinky nomad

Who grinds your coffee?

I recently had the chance to grab a cup of coffee at Wicked Grounds, a kink-themed coffee shop in San Francisco’s SoMa district.  Given that most of the kinksters I know these days are cafe-dwelling programers who will passionately argue the benefits of Blue Bottle over Ritual over Four Barrels  and that the chunk of Folsom between 8th and Dore has the highest concentration of kink venues I’ve seen anywhere in the continental United States I’d say these kids are on to something.  So what makes a coffee shop kink friendly?  Well, for starters it’s the writing on the wall — out with the politically correct community art that looks like you baby sister spit up on a recycled handkerchief and in with local kink artists and pornographers, explicit images and kinky in-jokes.  Then there are the books, greeting cards and various other nicknacks for sale that line the shelves — all kink themed and with a nice selection of local artists to boot.

The nice thing is though that this place lives up to my yupster coffee shop needs.  Good fresh roasted coffee (supplied by Ritual), interesting pastries, and fast internet.  Wicked Grounds also has an interesting decorating scheme for an area populated by people selling top rate coffee out of unfinished warehouses.  They have a fully built out space with red velvet upholstered chairs and a dungeon-light style.

Over all a cool place but file under “only in San Francisco.”  Now if only I could figure out how to solicit my readers for cups of coffee…

Written by kinkinexile

September 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Posted in fun stuff

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