Le P'tit Laurent

Overall Rating: 5.400

Address: 699 Chenery St.
Cross Street(s): Diamond St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94131
Neighborhood: Glen Park
Phone: 415.344.3235
Hours: M-F 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sa-Su 9am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Scala
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/16/2012
First Reviewed: 08/01/2007
Notes: None

In the former Red Rock bar, this French bistro is so cramped for space that the coffee grinder is located on the other side of the bar from the Mr. Espresso-supplied two-group La Scala Eroica. It also means they take some shortcuts with their espresso: they pre-grind their coffee and store it in plastic containers, and you will sometimes find a portafilter handle cooling on the drip tray. (Though to their credit, they do use the steam wand to pre-heat glasses for cognac and armagnac.) The wooden space has a decorative tin ceiling and many rickety caf´┐Ż tables. Using their pre-ground coffee, they produce a very thin, rather pale crema that dissipates quickly. But their shots are sometimes reasonably short, which almost saves them, but they still can run watery. The flavor can vary from a more robust flavor of pepper and herbs (and a surprisingly decent aroma as well) to a flat, ashy, almost metallic flavor. Served in classic brown Nuova Point cups.