Sabores del Sur

Overall Rating: 3.450

Address: 100 Alemany Blvd.
Cross Street(s): Putnam St., in the Alemany Farmer's Market
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 510.406.4980
Hours: Sa 6:30am-12:30pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 2.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astra
Coffee Rating: 4.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 0
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 07/25/2009
First Reviewed: 07/25/2009
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

Saturday mornings in the southern part of the city - amidst a maze of freeways, live chickens in a stupor, and competitive, full-contact roller derby among elderly Chinese-American women (just without the roller skates) - is Alemany Farmers' Market time. This ain't no yuppie Ferry Building farmers' market; this is where the locals get down and dirty to compete for fresh fruits and vegetables at a discount. It mellows out more in the late mornings, but come early and you had better bring your game face and your knee pads: few area events can match the Hobbesian fight club required to purchase the morning's bok choy before it's picked over. Further away from the mainstage mle are the prepared food vendors, including this Walnut Creek-based caterer that runs a cart service specializing in South American food. They offer Argentine alfajores and are the only option at the market for espresso. Using a single-group Astra machine and Equator Estate beans, they pull shots with absolutely no crema. However, the shot is full-bodied and carries a bit of flavor: mostly a mellow spice and some earthiness. Not a bad cup, but the espresso they make doesn't differ much from filter coffee. At which point you're better off getting something from a French press at the nearby Ritual Roasters tent/kiosk.