Jumpin' Java CoffeeHouse & Eats

Overall Rating: 6.100


Address: 139 Noe St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Henry & 14th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.431.5282
Hours: M-F 6am-7:30pm; Sa-Su 6am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.70
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Ultima China
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 04/08/2009
First Reviewed: 08/31/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This is a classic SF neighborhood coffee house (note that "classic" doesn't mean "good"): several wood tables and benches, sponge-painted walls, large windows in front, and darker seating in the rear. Sparsely decorated and low-key. Out front there's some uniquely nice sidewalk seating along Noe St., complete with wooden benches and a quasi-Buddha garden of potted trees and plants. Inside they offer smoothies, bagels, and sandwiches, but this is predominantly a coffee shop. Given the neighborhood, the clientele here are almost all (white) men, and the space is generally quite except for the neighborhood-appropriate house music on the stereo. They owners also served Thai iced tea and Vietnamese coffee (they use North Bay Coffee for filter coffee). But using a two-group La Spaziale, the pull espresso shots with a thin, darker brown crema. It's a rather plain and unassuming shot: a body-dominated espresso with little brightness, saved just short of ashiness. Its flavor is mostly of dark smoke and tobacco with a little herbal pungency. Surprisingly not bad for cheap America's Best Coffee beans, but that isn't saying much. Served in cheap ceramic cups and mismatched saucers. The quality has improved a notch with better barista skills here in the past few years: less bitterness and better body and crema.