Coffee Adventures

Overall Rating: 5.900

Address: 1331 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn. Leavenworth & North Point Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
Phone: 415.441.0301
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa-Su 8am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Mountanos Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.40
Last Update: 06/05/2008
First Reviewed: 06/05/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This is one of those typical, low-frills, family-operated coffee dives that can sometimes earn rave reviews, in part, because coffee consumers don't always venture much beyond Starbucks or Fisherman's Wharf. They have the typical discount sofa and chairs seating you'd expect from a 1990's SF coffeehouse interior design catalog. Outside there are also a few caf´┐Ż tables and some limited outdoor sidewalk plastic chairs. They also serve stale pastries and smoothies. The family-run business scores points for service and charm, but that only goes so far with coffee quality. Using a three-group La Spaziale S3, they serve a properly short with a whitish dot hotspot. With a medium and lighter brown crema of very modest thickness - with some larger bubbles suspended in it. There's the classic Mountanos Bros. ashier aroma and a flavor of some tobacco and a somewhat bitter, ashy edge. This is what you rave about if you have little or no standards. They also sell their own (Mountanos Bros.) beans as "CA at Home", and they do offer cold press coffee.