Fruitful Grounds

Overall Rating: 5.600


Address: 1813 Fulton St.
Cross Street(s): Masonic Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.221.1878
Hours: M-Tu, Th, Sa 8am-9pm; W, F 8am-8pm; Su 8am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Sunrise Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 11/09/2006
First Reviewed: 07/27/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Near USF, this typical colored-chalk-menu café offers espresso, smoothies, juices, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, and a happy hour with pints of beer on tap. Clean interior of exposed blonde wood - with stools, many larger tables, window counter seating, and skylights. Out on the sidewalk there's a bench for sipping in the wind and fog. The espresso here was once pretty poor, but it has since improved. Using a two-group La San Marco, they pull shots with a adequate layer of medium to lighter brown crema. More than their glorified drip coffee in the past, often the cup now has an adequate body and a pungency to the flavor to distinguish it from the usual mild spice and pepper routine.