Nervous Dog Coffee

Overall Rating: 6.200

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 3438 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 30th St. & Cortland Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.282.4364
Hours: M-F 7:30am-6pm; Sa 8am-6pm; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Mountanos Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 02/26/2006
First Reviewed: 02/26/2006
Notes: None

This café opened early in the winter of 2006, heavy on the dog theme for a dog crazy town (there's even a jar of doggy treats at the door). Dogs aren't allowed in, but many are parked out front like horses at the old western saloon. For a generally gritty section of Mission St. (though what isn't), locals are treated to a rather clean and new coffee house. Inside behind security gates are a few new, nicely surfaced indoor tables and a comfortable sofa with end tables and cushioned chairs - like it was your own living room. Typical local photography on the walls, ceiling fans, and an assortment of bagels, breakfast turnovers, and quiches. Using a smaller two-group La Cimbali, they produce an espresso with a thinner medium brown crema - filled moderately high (about a 2-oz pour) in the cup. It has an unfortunate ashy flavor that's too bitter to salvage its sharper tobacco notes. However, for some reason I actually appreciate the bitterness it achieves - as it does so without being a classically overextracted, watery cup. [CLOSED: As of Dec. 2012; replaced by Café St. Jorge.]