Slow Club

Overall Rating: 6.150

Address: 2501 Mariposa St.
Cross Street(s): Hampshire St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.241.9390
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F 11:30am-11pm; Sa 10am-11pm; Su 10am-2:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 02/08/2008
First Reviewed: 02/08/2008
Notes: None

This bar/restaurant, near KQED and a busy Muni depot, has been in the area since the late 1990s. Outside, the front window boldly advertises "ESPRESSO". But like many places where this is an artifact of pre-Starbucks-saturation, a remodel today would (and should) probably remove it. Inside there are exposed metal x-frame beams, a small kitchen, several dining tables, a bar in the back, and often evening crowds. Using an old, two-group, Mr. Espresso-branded La Marzocco, they pull full espresso shots with an even, thinner, medium brown crema. It has a decent aroma, and the cup starts with a relatively potent flavor profile. However, that quickly gives way to more bitter elements, resulting in more of a smokier cup.