SF SconeWorks

Overall Rating: 5.000


Address: 814 Eddy St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Van Ness Ave. & Franklin St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.922.0635
Hours: M-Th 6:45am-12pm; F 6:45am-11am
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 5
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 4
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: CMA
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Capricorn Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 07/05/2011
First Reviewed: 07/05/2011
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This Civic Center area café opened in 1994, operated still by Maryann who does everything. The place looks like it hasn't changed since 1994, and it likely hasn't. It's known and loved for its baked goods (muffins, scones, cupcakes, etc.), and its coffee is a bit of an archeological glimpse into 1994 San Francisco espresso. There are two simple, wooden outdoor tables along the Eddy St. sidewalk and two similar indoor tables among a tiny, cramped space. Using an old, two-group, Mr.-Espresso-branded C.M.A. machine at the front counter, they pull shots with a pale, thin crema that barely covers the surface. It has that 'stale coffee' (Capricorn Coffees) look to it. For a single it's a very large pour in a saucerless Tepco USA China cup for filter drip coffee (they haven't made them since 1968). The portafilter handles left cooling in the drip tray left us shuddering, but the resulting cup manages to retain a decent body despite the huge poor and the clumsy handling. It has a flavor that isn't watery but is a rather rounded, buttery brew with an edge of ashiness. We've had far worse espresso with SF standards this old, but we surprisingly didn't gag here.