Frances

Overall Rating: 7.200


Address: 3870 17th St.
Cross Street(s): Noe St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.621.3870
Hours: Tu-Th 5pm-10pm; F-Sa 5pm-10:30pm; Su 5pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 9
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Akiko
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 11/27/2010
First Reviewed: 11/27/2010
Notes: None

Review
This restaurant has won a lot of praise for its locally pedigreed chef. The food is very good, but getting a reservation is way out of proportion with what's offered. It's a tight, loud space with wooden tables piled on top of each other, a short bar, and some counter seating at the left side of the entrance. Using a two-group Elektra machine hidden from public view and grinding beans to order, they pull shots with a mottled medium and darker brown crema served slightly high in handmade Akiko ceramic cups. It has a thinner body but a complex flavor despite its mild dilution: a blend of herbal pungency, mild spices, some dark chocolate. With a potent aroma with a long tail. They also serve Blue Bottle's Chiapas in a Chemex for $4. One of the better restaurant coffee experiences in town.