It's A Grind

Overall Rating: 4.300

Address: 1800 Polk St.
Cross Street(s): Washington St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Phone: 415.441.1274
Hours: M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F 6:30am-11pm; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 3.80
Aroma: 1
Body: 3
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: It's A Grind
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/03/2007
First Reviewed: 03/03/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This quiet, large, studious, neighborhood franchise coffee shop opened in Oct. 2006. The franchise is big on modern furnishings and faux modern paintings of Eric Clapton, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, etc., for decor. Using a three-group Faema, they serve espresso in extremely large pours filled almost to the rim of the cup. (you at least have a ceramic cup option). The resulting cup smells a little like dishwater, and it has a pale-to-medium-brown crema. Not surprisingly, the body is thin and the flavory is a watery, mild spice. The staff here is not only unclear on the origins of their coffee beans (they get them via mail order from the franchiser), but that they've been open for several months and yet the staff still act like they've never used an espresso machine before is inexcusable.