Piccino

Overall Rating: 8.100


Address: 1001 Minnesota St.
Cross Street(s): 22nd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: Dogpatch
Phone: 415.824.4224
Hours: M 7am-5pm; Tu-Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 9
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: U.S. Ceramic
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 11/25/2015
First Reviewed: 08/16/2011
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
What was once a simple pizza place/café when it opened in late 2006 sprouted a separate satellite coffee cubicle, then it sprouted one nearer the Caltrain Station, then the entire placed moved around the block and sprouted a clothing store and a wine shop by 2011. It now sits a block down 22nd St. from its original location in a bright, airy space with bare woods, tall ceilings, large windows, and heavy electronic lounge music like it's still 2003. There's outdoor seating along Minnesota St., and there's still a separate satellite coffee hut just around the corner near the 847 22nd St. sign. The place is still heavy on the pizzas. But they've switched out the Blue Bottle beans for Sightglass in recent years. A small serving doorway keeps the espresso flowing from the coffee cubby-hole to the nearby restauarant, powered by a two-group La Marzocco Linea. With it they once pulled shots with a somewhat textured, somewhat thin-bodied medium brown crema over a thinner-bodied espresso with a flavor profile that's skewed by high acidity bordering on the brightness bomb territory. It was a sharp mouthful of tacks packed with spices and herbs, and a little one-dimensional given how much the cup's brightness washed out almost all other flavors. But something changed circa 2013-2014, and we think it's mainly the coffee blend. The shots now have a little darker and richer-looking crema, and the flavor profile is much more balanced: not subdued, but rather redistributed in strength towards more chocolate and body-friendly flavor notes in addition to a reduction in its bright fruit and acid. A serious restaurant espresso with dense and restrained frothed milk for macchiati and cappuccini. Served in a local artist's ceramic cup, positioned on a trapezium-shaped saucer sometimes with a lump of natural brown sugar cube.