Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 3560 18th St.
Cross Street(s): Dearborn St., btwn Guerrero & Valencia Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.565.0360
Hours: M-Su 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Heath Ceramics
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 05/27/2010
First Reviewed: 09/14/2007
Notes: None

After a rocky opening in 2007, this corner restaurant of glass and wood is now quite a draw. The food theme is Liguria and northwest Italy (there's some Piemonte going on), and the staff wear it on their Genova T-shirts. A private dining room upstairs and many tables and a long bar downstairs. Using a glowing, three-group La Spaziale S5-EK at the bar, they pull shots of Lavazza with a decent layer of medium brown crema. The crema can also run with clear spots and a swirled dark and medium brown. As a cup, It can run a bit rich for Lavazza, served as a shorter shot. It has a good, typical Lavazza aroma, despite its obvious age, and a typical Lavazza flavor of mild cloves and spices. Obviously avoid if Lavazza isn't your thing. They have since replaced their Lavazza-logo IPA cups with red ceramic Heath cups and even lowered the price $0.50.