Sacred Grounds Café, The

Overall Rating: 6.650


Address: 2095 Hayes St.
Cross Street(s): Cole St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.387.3859
Hours: M-Tu, Th-F 7am-7pm; W 7am-10pm; Sa-Su 9am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 6.30
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mountanos Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Buffalo
Price: $1.60
Last Update: 04/16/2008
First Reviewed: 03/18/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
A very local spot that has featured poetry and open mike since the 1970's. The entry door is so plain it will make you think you're stepping into a construction site or a speakeasy. Outside depends on the weather: they can either lock down or put out various metal sidewalk café tables and chairs in front and around the corner. Inside there are two rooms of tables, sofas, and chairs and furious Internet and laptop use. The service counter is in the back, at a sunken counter that makes the place look like it's staffed by Romanian gymnasts. There they serve lunch items plus espresso from a red, two-group La Pavoni (with another available for spare parts next to the counter). They pull shots with a thin (sometimes thinner still), medium brown crema on a modest shot size. It has a pungent, potent herbal flavor that's still mellow and not harsh - with a hint of caramel sweetness. Smooth with no ashiness.