Overall Rating: 6.750

Address: 629 Cortland St.
Cross Street(s): Anderson St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.647.1268
Hours: M-Sa 4pm-11pm; Su 3pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Bezzera
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Martha & Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 06/23/2007
First Reviewed: 06/23/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This Italian wine retailer/bar/caf´┐Ż has a number of indoor tables and chairs, a tall bar for serving wine, and large glass windows facing the corner sidewalk. Using a single-group, semi-pro Bezzera BZ02S behind the bar, they pull shots of espresso from Martha & Bros. coffee obtained next door. They manage to take the natural ashiness in that coffee and soften it up in their extraction: it's a larger pour, with a lighter crema with some texture, but the flavor is mostly spice and pepper. It's not overwhelmed with the Martha & Bros. ashiness.