Pick Me Up Cafe

Overall Rating: 4.400

Address: 298 9th St.
Cross Street(s): Folsom St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.864.7425
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa 7:30am-6pm; Su 9am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 4.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Lubiana
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 02/14/2006
First Reviewed: 02/14/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

In a neighborhood of car repair joints, public storage houses, and the smell of paint thinner, this is one of the few cafés in the area. Bright windows in front. Muffins and odd snack items. A row of long bench seating with tables indoors, and a couple of sidewalk tables outside. Using a two-group La Pavoni machine, they produce an espresso with a paltry thin layer of lighter brown crema. Filled far too high in the cup. The result tastes watery and a little ashy, with some spice-like flavors to keep the ashiness from being overbearing.