Noeteca Cafe & Wine Bar

Overall Rating: 7.100


Address: 1551 Dolores St.
Cross Street(s): Valley St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415.824.5524
Hours: M-F 7am-10pm; Sa-Su 8:30am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Promac
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Coffee Magic
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/08/2011
First Reviewed: 01/31/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Opening in 2009, this café and wine bar (the name is a local play on words for the Italian 'enoteca') replaced the former Last Laugh Coffee House. It's a small but well-decorated space with a number of intimate tables for two - a definite upgrade from its previous incarnation, despite the cheesy Muzak playing inside. There are the occasional laptop squatters, but this is primarily a wine bar with some decent food to complement it. There are also a couple of sidewalk tables out front. The coffee comes from Rodger's Coffee & Tea (Coffee Magic) and is reflected in their Melitta bar at the front window. For espresso, they use a two-group Promac to pull shots with a dark speckled, darker brown crema served high and full in the Chinese-made CB2 cups (be careful, as they are over eager to hand out paper). It's a thinner layer of crema, but it has a nice chocolatey aroma and a bolder, robust flavor of pepper, smoke, and some herbal pungency in a darker roasted blend - a 'real' espresso, for that matter. It has a good, cohesive, fresher flavor despite the occasional habit for the owners to leave portafilter handles cooling on the drip tray. The staff, however, will tailor your coffee options to your tastes - which is an unusual plus. Decorative latte art with very good, rich milk-frothing.