L's Caffé

Overall Rating: 4.900

Address: 2871 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Bryant St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.206.0274
Hours: M-W 6am-9pm; Th-F 6am-10pm; Sa 7am-10pm; Su 7am-6:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 4.30
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 4
Crema: 6
Flavor: 2
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Organic Coffee Co., The
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.30
Last Update: 11/26/2006
First Reviewed: 11/26/2006
Notes: None

This casual café run by Mission locals lives across the street from the newer, trendier Sugarlump. It's a true café in that they offer sandwiches, salads, and even mollettes. Using a two-group Elektra Maxi at the rear coffee station, they pull espresso shots that have a thick foam of lighter brown crema - and yet it is featureless and adds little to the cup. The pour is immense - to the top of the rim. Like the Organic Coffee Co. mothership, the flavor is on the ashy side - except here it is even moreso (just with the watered-down volume in the cup added to the mix). And just to prove how most consumer review sites are pointless, this café was rated the fifth best coffee spot in SF according to Yelp as of June 2008.