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SF’s Free Coffee Walk-Up Window “Contactless Coffee”

Using his son’s toy gorilla arm he offers hot coffee to frontliners out of his North Beach kitchen window.
By - posted 4/17/2020 No Comment

Thanks to KRON4 for introducing SF’s amazing “free coffee guy,” Ben Ramirez to us!

According to KRON, Ben was about to open a coffee shop in his North Beach neighborhood, but the coronavirus pandemic forced him to put his plans on hold. His passion for helping and with lots of stored up coffee he felt inspired to serve free hot coffee. 

Every day from 8 am to 12 noon, using his son’s toy gorilla arm he hands contactless coffee to frontliners such as healthcare workers, delivery drivers and essential workers out of his kitchen window on Pfeiffer Street.

“We decided to give coffee to all the people in the neighborhood to give people a little bit of comfort while all this is happening,” Ramirez said. “Everybody has been happy and thankful.”

He described himself on his Instagram page as “Free coffee guy. Designer, creative director, artist, lover. Eater and drinker of life and anything else you put in front of me really.” But there is more to that, he is a good neighbor, a helping hand, and truly an inspiration.

If you happen to pass by his window, you can stop for a coffee or you may hand him some of your extra beans, say hi, smile or say thanks for a job well done!

How to Help: You may also donate to the cause via Venmo: @benramirez, let’s support Ben, so he can continue to serve and keep the frontliners running!