Cafe Virtuoso

Overall Rating: 7.750

Address: 1616 National Ave.
Cross Street(s): 16th St.
City, State ZIP: San Diego, CA 92113
Neighborhood: Barrio Logan
Phone: 619.550.1830
Hours: M-F 6:30am-3pm; Sa 7am-2pm; Su 8am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Berry-like
Coffee Beans: Cafe Virtuoso
Cup Manufacturer: notNeutral
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 06/03/2016
First Reviewed: 06/03/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This coffee shop opened in 2009 in this transitional neighborhood, and it has since earned something of a loyal following in San Diego. There's outdoor sidewalk seating in front with three metal tables and a parasol. Just inside the front door there's a small room with three tables and artwork made of burlap coffee sacks on the walls. Past that is the main bay, a large space with slab concrete floors consisting of serving, roasting, and retail space. There are three additional metal tables with steel stools for seating, a baker's rack of roasted coffee, brewing equipment, and tea, a yellow Diedrich roaster at the center (they're a certified organic roaster), a UNIC mobile cart in back, and brick walls. The comparatively small service area features a menu split between "regular" and "premium" espresso shots, served from a two-group La Marzocco Strada, in addition to pour-over coffee and (nitro) cold brew. Using their House Espresso, they pulled a shot with an event medium brown crema that ran slightly thin on thickness. It was light-bodied, fruity, and expressed some mild spice in addition to some roasted almond bitterness -- a touch of which might be due to slight overextraction. It's a solid shot that shows some softness around the edges that could be tightened up with stricter standards. Served in a white notNeutral demitasse with sparkling water on the side.