Café Prague

Overall Rating: 5.200

Address: 424 Merchant St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Sansome & Battery Sts., south of Washington St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.986.0269
Hours: M-Th 7:30am-12am; F 7:30am-1:30am; Sa 11am-1:30am; Su 11am-10:30p
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 4.90
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 10/20/2010
First Reviewed: 10/20/2010
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This café remains something of an S.F. favorite - even with its move from across Jackson Square. This time they are located down an alley from the Transamerica Pyramid. Outside there are a few tables. Inside, they still have the young, Czech-speaking baristas-in-training just in from the Czech Republic, Czech rock music, several places to sit and eat, and walls covered with all things Prague (incuding murals). It has a library-like feel, with framed artwork and a book motif. There's a large sports-playing TV screen next to a central bar that sports Czech beers and their two-group Elektra machine. Like their last location, it qualifies as bar and restaurant but can also serve as a café. The espresso here gets restaurant-style treatment, which is both good and bad. On the plus side, they're more upscale than the last location: offering a large glass of water and vessels for cream and sugar on the side. On the down side, they replaced their Caffè Roma coffee with Peet's and went from serving proper espresso shots to massive cups filled high with filter-drip-like coffee. Despite the bathtub to drink in, it's not quite as watery as you might expect. It comes with a ring of medium brown crema and a flavor of pepper and some ash.