Cafe Grain d'Or

Overall Rating: 4.100


Address: 700 Geary St.
Cross Street(s): Leavenworth St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.447.8482
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Brasilia
Coffee Rating: 4.40
Aroma: 3
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Eurocups
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/11/2006
First Reviewed: 03/11/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Somewhat gritty dive café in an area (Polk Gulch, more accurately) where the neighbors know their limited morning options (yet this is SF, they have a 'classier' Web site: cafegraindor.com). A couple of outdoor sun umbrellas over some limited sidewalk seating (near the Tenderloin?!) and a few modest indoor tables while The Cure plays in the background and residents use the wireless access. Odd Middle-Eastern garage sale look inside, with ceramic camels and a hookah and old speakers decorating the place. Not to mention a huge stack of dusty Caffè Moak cups (and a sign or two) - showing their former bean supplier. Now they line bags of America's Best Coffee beans across the top shelf - proudly showing their desire to save a little money on their coffee. Using a two-group Brasilia Portofino, they produce an espresso with a pale, thin crema that dissipates quickly. It has a flavor of pepper and spices - accentuated by some of the sloppiest barista skills around: coffee grounds are splatter all around, and in, the cup.