Mill, The

Overall Rating: 7.850


Address: 736 Divisadero St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Grove & Fulton Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.345.1953
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 9
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Citrus
Coffee Beans: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 03/28/2014
First Reviewed: 03/28/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
Starting as a cart service in July 2012, this is a joint effort between Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel Coffee. It's a vast space, with tall, open ceilings and long walls that reach to the back. The sheer size can make the place seem vacant off peak hours, but that's hardly a complaint. There's one long, wood-topped communal table (OK, several moved together) with a number of school-like stools. There's some bench seating along one side and a couple of front window café tables. One entire long wall is dominated by wooden shelving stocked with coffee, coffee accessories, granola, baking supplies, and other merchandising. Near the central service counter they offer a rack of Four Barrel Coffee and baked breads. This is ground zero for the 2013 $4 toast controversy, after all. They have more than enough grinders: two Mahlkönig EK43s and at least four tall Mazzer grinders. You'd think they were offering a lot more coffee varieties than they do (they offered an additional single origin Ethiopian espresso on our visit). With two new, white, two-group La Marzocco Linea PB machines, they pull shots with an even, medium brown, but excellent crema (especially for Four Barrel's limited blending skills): it's appreciably thick and textured. The barista is methodical but a bit sloppy with their preparation, splattering coffee a bit and adjusting the direct-to-cup shit with a shotglass underneath as a catch. There is the expected Four Barrel sharp brightness in the cup we've come to expect, but there's a little more to the flavor than that going on here: some pungency mixed in with the obvious citrus notes. Served in short, squat classic brown Nuova Point cups.