Overall Rating: 6.050

Address: 580 Geary Blvd.
Cross Street(s): Jones St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.345.3900
Hours: Su-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astra
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Buffalo
Price: $3.25
Last Update: 08/05/2007
First Reviewed: 08/05/2007
Notes: None

Relocated years ago from its Civic Center location, this vegetarian/vegan restaurant shares an entryway with the Hotel California. Inside there is a large center bar, high ceilings, dark wood walls, many indoor tables in a large dining area, are more crocheted hats per capita than you'll find in any SF restaurant. Using a chrome, one-group Astra Pourover machine at the bar, they serve a modestly sized espresso with a bewildering lemon rind on the side (in their dingy old Buffalo china). It has a medium brown, relatively thin crema with just a hint of creaminess on the edges. Flavorwise, it's a mild pepper, but it's also a bit watery despite its proper size. They use Taylor Maid Farms teas, but yet they chose the consistenty underwhelming Equator Estate Coffees for their espresso.