Café Venice

Overall Rating: 4.250


Address: 3325 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Mission St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.643.3385
Hours: M-F 5am-7pm; Sa 5am-5pm; Su 5am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 4.70
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 5
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 08/28/2008
First Reviewed: 05/25/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales

Review
Dingy cafe with cracked glass and a handful of edibles. This is homey, authentic Mission St., though. The owners are friendly, even chummy, and just this shy of a drug possession conviction (as users, not dealers). Sure, Romy and Freddy may call you a family member and remember you here, but we wish their coffee skills matched their customer service. There's table seating looking out the front windows along 24th St., a few beat-up tables along a wall of photographs, and a rear exit door along Osage St. next to BART. The clientele is a mix of Latino locals and Mission dot-com slackers. Using an old school, two-group, Mr. Espresso-distributed Faema machine, they produce shots with a rather rich-looking, textured brown crema. This is way beyond the drip coffee extractions they served here when we first reviewed this place. But the shots are served large and watery in a large paper cup. Despite the increased volume of the pour, however, there's a slight sweetness in the cup at the bottom that wasn't there before. Hours vary, but they open typically by 4-5am everyday.