Ritual Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.450

Address: 1026 Valencia St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 21st & 22nd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.641.1024
Hours: M-F 6am-10pm; Sa 8am-11pm; Su 8am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Candy-like
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 11/16/2012
First Reviewed: 06/17/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales

They say they take their coffee seriously, but not themselves. They definitely have the first part right at least. Eileen Hassi's busy café opened in May 2005 (with Jeremy Tooker's now of Four Barrel) with a long, modern, clean space. High ceilings with bare hanging bulbs, a long counter for serving and drinking espresso, many tables, and thrift store living room sets in the back. Free Wi-Fi, because you have to these days (at night the place packs with laptops). And a Valencia clientele that seems to compete for who has the coolest bike messenger bag (and tattoos seem like part of a necessary work uniform for the staff), but all kinds in the neighborhood can't resist this place. They used to use, and sell, the Hair Bender blend from Portland's Stumptown Coffee Roasters, but they've long since started roasting their own - at first with an on site Probat (since removed). They've replaced their shiny red, three-group La Marzocco FB70 with a GB/5 and now a three-group Synesso. Mazzer and Anfim grinders. The baristas are well-trained: they grind to order, the pour directly in the cup where appropriate, and they spent a lot of time on a deliberate tamp - even down to the final twist. A row of Clever dripper brewers serves the pour-over customers. They roast their coffees bright, but it's generally not of control. They produce an espresso with a very even, medium-to-dark brown crema of decent thickness - although it's not terribly rich. Flavorwise, it's very short and sweet - a true single shot size with a sweetness of caramel and roasted hazelnut. An intense finish. If you're into milk-based drinks, the rosetta latte art can vary from award-winning to amateur, depending upon the barista shift, but they get the fine microfoam down well. One of the best things to happen to the Mission in a long time. And now they even take credit cards.