Mission Pie

Overall Rating: 7.100

Address: 2901 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): 25th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.282.4743
Hours: M-Th 7am-9pm; F 7am-10pm; Sa 8am-10pm; Su 9am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Taylor Maid Farms
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 06/06/2011
First Reviewed: 04/14/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales

This used be one challenging place to make out. But since they've taken over the Mission St. storefront (that used to be a Neighborbood Public Radio broadcasting booth and a non-profit mapping project), it's now much more like any other storefront café. They've taken over the space by making the café much more spacious and bright, with large glass windows facing Mission St., worn wooden floors, and a mismatch of various wooden tables and chairs. There's even window counter seating on converted (and comfortable) tractor seats. Of course, it's still primarily about the pie here - but the espresso isn't bad for Mission St. Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull slightly larger shots with a medium brown crema of a decent thickness and consistency, serving it in a saucerless cup. The crema and body here has improved some in recent years - including some of the flavor depth. What used to be thinner and more watery is now a respectable blend of herbal pungecy and spice. It has a distinctly Taylor Made flavor - a body-forward, more earthy profile that is out of vogue with most new roasters.