Wildcraft Espresso Bar

Overall Rating: 8.300


Address: 2299A Market St.
Cross Street(s): 16th & Noe Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.400.5036
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 9
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 7
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: U.S. Ceramic
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 09/02/2016
First Reviewed: 09/02/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Former lawyer (and Xoogler), Theresa Beaumont, returned to her former neighborhood and opened this small space in Dec 2015 at the base of the Bank of the West building - following a concession the bank made to the neighborhood to retain retail space. A lesbian of color setting up shop in a predominantly gay white male neighborhood? You know it. She aims to make your brief time here in the small space the best 10 minutes of your day, and they do a rather good job of it. There are a couple of small sidewalk seating spaces/tables out front. Inside, there's tall glass for making the small space seem as bright and open as reasonably possible. There's one indoor metal café table with two chairs at the front window. Any more and it would feel cramped. White walls, a concrete backsplace, some roasted coffee on display for retail sale (Ritual Roasters and Phil Sebastian Roasters). With the small service space behind the counters, the menu is similarly focused: espresso, drip coffee, and pastries with the curious addition of bone broth and sheep's milk. The baristi here are friendly and engaging. I mean incredibly so. I've formally reviewed a few thousand coffee shops around the world, and Jordan here was arguably the coolest barista I've ever met. They pulled shots of Ritual's Last Exit seasonal espresso blend from a shiny three-group La Marzocco GB/5. It's daringly one-sip short, but it's a well-crafted shot at that: pungent, dynamic, and lively with a flavor of orange zest and a strong brightness without being overly fruity. The coffee didn't afford much of a healthy crema on extraction - it was thinner and a pale yellow - but that didn't detract much from the overall quality of the end product. Served on a decorative dish, in an organically spun ceramic demitasse, with a side of sparkling water and a twist of sugared orange peel.