Holy Spirit Espresso

Overall Rating: 6.800

Address: 225 W San Francisco St.
Cross Street(s): Sandoval St.
City, State ZIP: Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505.920.3664
Hours: Tu-Sa 6:30am-4pm;Su 6:30am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Caffé D'arte
Cup Manufacturer: Unknown
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 03/13/2016
First Reviewed: 03/13/2016
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

This postage-stamp-sized espresso kiosk has a very outsized reputation, and why not? The husband and wife team of Bill and Helen Deutsch got their espresso start in Seattle back in the era of ubiquitous coffee carts. They brought that same spirit to Santa Fe and have been operating here since 1993; you have to do something right to be in business that long. (It is named after the town even.) Out in front of the cart cubby hole are four four metal chairs and two small tables along the sidewalk with a lone parasol above them. Inside is essentially a parked mobile cart dominated by a two-group Synesso machine (formerly a La Marzocco) -- surrounded in a bizarro motif of various postcards, photographs, foreign money, and travel tchotchkes covering every one of the few square inches inside the tiny space. There's even St. Drogo, the patron saint of coffee. Using old Astoria grinders and very-Seattle Caffè d'Arte bags of coffee, Bill or Helen pulls a shot with a medium brown striped crema of modest thickness. The doppio ($2.25) is filled extra high in the cup. It has an old world Italian-leaning flavor profile of mild tobacco smokiness, spices, and some woodiness and is served in mismatched ceramic cups without saucers when you ask "for here". The milk-frothing is dense, not too airy, and with uneven microfoam bubbles. Best of Santa Fe 2012 winner and still pretty good no matter when.