Café Aroma

Overall Rating: 2.900


Address: 2032 Polk St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Pacific & Broadway Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Phone: 415.749.1478
Hours: M-F 11am-6pm; Sa-Su 11am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Deli
Cafe Rating: 3.00
Barista: 1
Savvy: 0
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Bunn
Coffee Rating: 2.80
Aroma: 4
Body: 2
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: San Francisco Bay Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 06/28/2003
First Reviewed: 06/28/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Mustapha and Christianne Hakkou run this local deli that's strong on chicken, sausage, and salads. Several black tables indoors and limited sidewalk seating. A great disregard or ignorance of what makes a quality espresso: machine made by a drip burner specialist, discount San Francisco Bay beans in bulk from Costco. Served with a very thin layer of pale crema that dissipates rapidly. Peppery flavor for what's largely pressurized drip coffee. Grinds at the bottom of the cup. But to be fair, the results could be much worse.