Velo Rouge Cafe

Overall Rating: 7.850

Address: 798 Arguello Blvd.
Cross Street(s): McAllister St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Phone: 415.752.7799
Hours: M-Tu 6:30am-5pm; W-F 6:30am-10pm; Sa 8am-10pm; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 07/09/2012
First Reviewed: 03/25/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This popular corner caf´┐Ż has six indoor tables with window counter seating and a couple tables along the McAllister sidewalk. The place is themed after the many bicyclists who pass along Arguello, and it's reflected in the bicycle-themed artwork on their red walls. In addition to serving coffee, they also serve full-on meals. Using Blue Bottle's Bella Donovan blend and a two-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull rich doppio shots with a full layer of darker brown crema. It has the potent flavor of some smoke and herbal pungency with a strong sweetness at the bottom of the cup. For milk-based drinks, their microfoaming techinique can vary from good to average - producing decent microfoam heart latte art depending on the barista and the line. (Some skip it or can't do it.) The good news is that the cappuccino here goes modest on the milk (they use 5-oz brown Nuova Point cappuccino cups) and doesn't drown the espresso. The baristas can vary a bit in skill, resulting in inconsistencies. The general service here is also slow, but they are deliberate and careful - which is good in my book. Heavy laptop zombie quotient, however.