Sightglass

Overall Rating: 8.150


Address: 151 3rd St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Mission & Howard Sts., in the SFMOMA, 3rd Floor
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.357.4000
Hours: Su-W 10am-5pm; Th 10am-9pm; F-Sa 10am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Espressonistic Works B.V.
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: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $3.25
Last Update: 07/09/2016
First Reviewed: 07/09/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales

Review
This Sightglass location was announced in 2015, in the middle of SFMOMA's three-year hiatus while being expanded into the largest modern art museum in America. It opened with the museum in May 2016, inhabiting a modern, open air space among photography and interactive exhibits on the third floor. The space employs blonde wood and a sleek, minimalist design and is surrounded by modern sofas, small café tables, and video art installations. A line forms away from the service counter to allow pedestrians to pass through, and behind the counter there are dueling two-group Kees van der Westen Spirit machines and bags and bags of Sightglass coffee. For retail sale they also sell their roasted coffee, over-packaged and in a reduced-size (8-oz). Other than some pastries, it's largely about the coffee service here. They pull shots with a complex medium-brown mottled crema of lighter thickness. It has the flavor of mild spices, some acidic brightness of lemon peel, wood, and some limited cherry fruit but yet it's not the stereotypical Sightglass brightness bomb you'd expect. Served two-sips short in logo porcelain cups with a glass of sparkling water on the side.