Café Merenda

Overall Rating: 7.250


Address: 2760 Octivia St.
Cross Street(s): Union St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94123
Neighborhood: Cow Hollow
Phone: 415.346.7373
Hours: M-F 11am-5:30pm; Sa 11am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Deli
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.50
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Vanilla-like
Coffee Beans: Caffè Roma
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 07/12/2003
First Reviewed: 07/12/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Quiet, small, and rather charming European-styled deli/café. They offer interesting baked goods and unusual bottled drinks. French and Italian breakfast specials. Bright-colored walls with mirrors. One indoor and two small sidewalk tables, with open-air windows between them. Espresso is served, in large ACF Caffè Roma cups, with a partly congealed crema patterned in artistic stripes. Mild and deceptively smooth flavor gives way to a complex and unusual sweetness of vanilla and caramel. Very flavorful. [CLOSED?: Rumor has it from a reader in Oct '08 that this is now a "crappy yogurt place".]