Overall Rating: 5.900

Address: 300 Grove St.
Cross Street(s): Franklin St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.861.5555
Hours: Su-W 5pm-10:30pm; Th-Sa 5pm-11:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 06/16/2007
First Reviewed: 09/24/2004
Notes: None

Fine dining decor on two levels with an open atrium over the center bar. If you're dining in the theater district, this is about as upscale as they get - though the prices are steep. They proudly serve Fair Trade Equator Estate coffee. Using a Rancilio machine, they pour espresso to the top of their nondescript cylindrical cups. Despite the volume of the pour, their espresso is not overextracted. A weak (though darker brown and patterned) crema that dissipates quickly, but a good pungent flavor of tobacco and tar with a slightly bitter edge. Decent for restaurant espresso, but it still lacks body, a fuller crema, and a richer flavor profile to be called "good" in general.