Goody Goodie cream & sugar Dessert Salon & Cafe

Overall Rating: 8.200


Address: 1830 Harrison St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 14th & 15th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.864.6370
Hours: M 8am-3pm; Tu-F 8am-5pm; Sa 9am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
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: Roast Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 03/17/2012
First Reviewed: 03/17/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This bakery/café first opened in 2010 as a joint venture of the Goody Goodie bakery and John Quintos, who's behind Cento, Special Xtra, and Vega. It was originally named "StarStream," and the coffee routinely followed the Quintos rubber-stamp formula of small La Marzocco Linea espresso machines and Blue Bottle Coffee. However, as the location developed it became less a café and more the relocated headquarters of the Goody Goodie bakery from their sidewalk window - hence the name change. Coinciding with that change, the coffee service also started taking on its own identity. They serve waffles, cookies, and other goods that have earned the quirky bakery its deserved reputation, but the coffee here is no less serious -- despite the flowery flea market motif inside. There are two metal garden café tables and chairs along the front Harrison St. sidewalk and a collection of odd items in the interior: patio tables, a whimsical wooden bench, colorfully painted walls, and an odd collection of signage and curiosities that's mildly reminiscent of Trouble Coffee. Like Trouble Coffee, they deliberately toss sink shots that don't measure up to their standards (always a good sign). But what's particularly impressive is that they have a clear coffee philosophy that comes through: namely, with their switch to Emeryville's Roast Coffee Co., they want to emphasize balance in their coffee flavor profile without all the overbearing citrus that's become a tiresome trademark among many new coffee purveyors. They are still tuning in their custom blend with Roast, but for now it has a nice, restrained citric brightness that complements (rather than overwhelms) other notes like chocolate and caramel and some herbal pungency. (Perhaps very appropriate for a dessert café?) They pull modest-sized shots from a two-group Linea with a mottled medium and lighter brown crema in colorful Nuova Point cups. It's great to witness someone trying to lead instead of following with their coffee.