Library Café

Overall Rating: 5.050


Address: 100 Larkin St.
Cross Street(s): Grove St.; lower level of the SF Public Libary main branch
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.557.4400
Hours: M, Sa 10am-5:30pm; Tu-Th 9am-7:30pm; F 12pm-5:30pm; Su 12pm-4:30p
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 3
Brightness: 5
Crema: 7
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Torrefazione Italia
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 11/08/2003
First Reviewed: 11/08/2003
Notes: None

Review
Better than expected café in the SF Main Library - which still isn't saying much. Sandwiches, salads, and coffee in an area with modern design and a piano. A few dozen tables and chairs. Espresso is served with an even, medium brown crema. Past the crema, it's overextracted in the extreme - with a thin, weak, watered-down body and flavor. Could be much better with a shorter pour. Bitter and slightly ashy flavor. Torrefazione Italia coffee beans, and served in TI-branded HLC cups.