Lava Java

Overall Rating: 6.350


Address: 852 Stanyan St.
Cross Street(s): Frederick St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Upper Haight
Phone: 415.751.7375
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa 6:30am-7:30pm; Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 5
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 5
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 9
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Lubiana
Price: $1.00
Last Update: 07/20/2003
First Reviewed: 07/20/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Quiet café on a busy street. Several small café tables indoors with some bench seating. Limited outdoor seating. Their espresso is made with Peerless beans, but you'd never know it from the nectar they produce from them. It has a dark brown, rich, thick, and striped crema. Creamy texture with a smooth, rich body. Smoky flavor with some sweet notes and no bitterness. Amazing proof that good espresso is possible from weak beans. Served full in a coffee mug. [WARNING: Do note that we've last sampled here in 2003. Word in 2010 has it that the espresso is now as bad as you'd expect, and we're not masochists enough to revisit just yet.]