Tinderbox

Overall Rating: 6.650


Address: 803 Cortland Ave.
Cross Street(s): Ellsworth St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.285.8269
Hours: Su, Tu-Th 6pm-10pm; F-Sa 6pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.10
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 02/14/2008
First Reviewed: 02/14/2008
Notes: None

Review
This restaurant is the latest in a string of revolving-door restaurants, including Palatino and Café Chez Maman. The newest owners offer hit-or-miss cuisine which, unlike most of the Bay Area, actually takes risk outside of its unusually narrow restaurant palate. Copper top tables and a DJ. There's a dining area in front with a smaller area up the stairs with a view down into the kitchen. Using a single-group La Spaziale in the fishtank kitchen. The barista carefully handles the Blue Bottle beans - making careful twists of the wrist when tamping, leaving space along the top of the portafilter, and wiping down the cup for presentation. But they serve espresso as a full cup, with a medium brown crema that's rather thin. The resulting cup isn't watery, but it lacks a distinguishable flavor - and thus comes off as a denser drip coffee. Think hard enough, and you might notice an herbal flavor with some grassy notes and some molasses. Served in designer asymmetric Steelite saucers with a lump of white sugar on the side. They have the training and the beans, but perhaps not the equipment to do it justice.