Brickhouse Café

Overall Rating: 5.800


Address: 426 Brannan St.
Cross Street(s): 3rd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.369.0222
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 4
Brightness: 7
Crema: 3
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Vanilla-like
Coffee Beans: Vigal
Cup Manufacturer: Vertex
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 10/07/2004
First Reviewed: 10/07/2004
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Review
From the street, this café looks deceptively like a non-descript pub. Inside is a long hallway of worn wooden floors, boldly painted walls, photography, booths, and many tables. Burgers, sandwiches, and an espresso bar. Using a two-group La Spaziale, they produce a decent espresso - even if they occasionally let the portafilter handles cool too much. (They also use one of the better espresso tampers in town.) They serve espresso with a very modest crema, and they'll improvise a china cup for their usual paper if you ask. Good aroma and light body, with a flavor of vanilla, cinnamon, and other refined spices. Open until 5pm on weekdays, though sometimes until 9pm.