Cafe Seventy8

Overall Rating: 6.600


Address: 78 29th St.
Cross Street(s): Tiffany St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.970.2233
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa-Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 02/25/2010
First Reviewed: 02/25/2010
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Like the Muddy Waters Coffee House chain café it replaced, this is a newer corner café among the newer lower Mission condos. They haven't changed much about the coffee pedigree, however, as they still use a two-group La Spaziale at the bar and McLaughlin coffee. But the new ownership does a much better job with it. There is limited outdoor table seating on 29th St. and a few indoor tables. Before the untrained staff washed their portafilter handles in cold water. Under new management, they no longer seem to do that - although they still aren't entirely clear that their beans come from McLaughlin. They pull shots with a medium brown, even crema - it's a decent-sized layer with a thicker consistency. It's almost surprisingly decent: short, with a smooth flavor of cloves and mild pepper. No more watered-down, overextracted , ashy, drip-coffee flavor. Served in unusual retail kitchenware.