Mojo Bicycle Café

Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: 639A Divisadero St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Hayes & Grove Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.440.2338
Hours: M-W 7am-10pm; Th-F 7am-12am; Sa 8am-12am; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.10
Last Update: 02/26/2016
First Reviewed: 06/06/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This combination food/espresso café and bike shop sits across the street of The Independent (née The Kennel Club). They have some nice, open air seating along the dingier Divisadero St. sidewalk, parklet-style, and there are several indoor café tables. The menu once included beer, wine, and sandwiches but has diminished since. However, they take their coffee the most seriously out of their non-bike consumables. They offered private label biker roasts from Ecco Caffè, switched to De La Paz, and are now using Ritual Coffee. And yes, there's a whole bike shop in the back. We never got what bicycles had to do with espresso - from the various cafés around the country to charitable organizations - any more than, say, school bus drivers. But no matter, they have a two-group La Marzocco Linea behind the pastry case, although they're about to move things around to showcase all things coffee in one corner. Using the Linea, they pull a shot with a mottled medium brown crema of modest thickness. We've seen the occasional barista here smell the cup before serving it, which is a good sign. It's a modest-sized shot with a lighter body - not thick or syrupy in the least bit, but not thin or watery either. It has a Central-American-leaning and semi-robust flavor: big on acidic brightness but weak on much else. Served once in classic brown, thick-walled Nuova Point cups but now World China or Tuxton porcelain cups are in heavier rotation to cover for past breakage. Milk-frothing can be nothing to write home about: some of the evening baristas create an outright mess. A more recent trend is an infiltration of Francophones.