Mazarine Coffee

Overall Rating: 8.350


Address: 720 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Third St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.398.7700
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa 10am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Espressonistic Works B.V.
Coffee Rating: 8.50
Aroma: 8
Body: 9
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Klatch Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Heath Ceramics
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 08/14/2015
First Reviewed: 08/14/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
As an ambitious new coffeeshop in the Financial District, they immediately joined the $3 club (for a single shot of espresso). Unlike other new coffeeshops, this one justifies much of the expense. Mazarine is named after the oldest library in Paris. Given the coffee quality in Paris until just recently, that's like naming your sushi restaurant after your favorite Nebraska landmark. But Hamid Rafati built this place with inspiration from quality sources - including the Southland's Klatch Coffee (and even getting multi-USBC champ Heather Perry to lead the barista training). They also offer salads and sandwiches with wine and beer on tap. There's fenced-in sidewalk café table seating along Market St., front window counter seating, a lot of grey concrete, a white marble counter, a blueish subway tile backsplash to the service area, and bench seating with burgundy cushions at thick wood-finished café tables. The place is usually packed with patrons ordering nitro cold brew coffee and other fads, but the counter is divided between pour-over (Kalita Waves, Baratza grinders) and espresso (Nuova Simonelli grinders) service. Using a three-group Kees van der Westen Spirit and their private-labelled summer Belle Espresso blend (from Klatch, they also serve Ritual Coffee) they pull shots with a mottled split between a medium and darker brown crema; it's not voluminous but weighty. Served three-sips short, it has a thick body and a fully developed roast flavor with molasses sweet edges and some acidic apple brightness at the front of the sip - centered around pungency but rounded and not overly so. Served in Heath ceramic cups with sparkling water on the side.