Interval, The

Overall Rating: 8.150


Address: 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center Bldg. A
Cross Street(s): Laguna St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94123
Neighborhood: Marina
Phone: 415.561.6582
Hours: M-Su 10am-12am
Type of Establishment: Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Atelier Dion
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 08/31/2014
First Reviewed: 08/31/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales

Review
The Interval is the bar, coffee shop, and meeting space at the headquarters of The Long Now Foundation, which publicly strives to think in terms of 10,000 year timeframes. So it's a good thing this isn't a pop-up. (Which is more than we can say for the regular Off The Grid food truck encampment, as it now has a permanent, on-the-grid sign for itself at the Ft. Mason Center.) It's an engaging, well-designed space with a full service bar, curious machinery throughout the décor, and lots of bookcases with a spiral iron staircase up the middle of it all. There's a long glass shared table over an extended metal block of gears. The ceiling also contains a collection of flasks, to be personally managed with the infusion of St. George spirits (for the reservation fee of $500). There's also booth seating in the back towards the Bay plus a write-your-ideas community blackboard that reminded us of Origin Roasting in Cape Town. Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea at the bar, they pull shots with a rich-looking, even, medium brown crema. It has a strong, potent flavor but doesn't come across too sharp - which is rare for Sightglass coffee. It has the pungency of cloves, some honey-like edges, and a lot of cherry in its flavor. Served in green hand pottery thrown by the folks at Atelier Dion.