Sweet Inspirations

Overall Rating: 5.500


Address: 2239 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Noe & Sanchez Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.621.8664
Hours: M-Th 7:30am-11:30pm; F-Su 8am-12:30am
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Vigal
Cup Manufacturer: Churchill
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 04/22/2005
First Reviewed: 06/04/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Large bakery with a bold paint scheme, modern lighting, many indoor tables and photography exhibits. Two outdoor tables. A change in ownership in 2005 saw only slight improvements in their espresso. No longer served from Peerless beans and a La Pavoni machine into gargantuan "Fiestaware" coffee cups, they now use Vigal beans, a La Spaziale machine, and serve espresso in unusual Churchill ceramic cups. The crema volume has diminished somewhat, but what's there is darker brown and slightly better than most places. They lost most of the bitter flavor under the previous management, and the body has bulked up a little. The cup now tastes of a darker, tobaccoey roast with a little grit and only a touch of ashiness.