Caf� Murano

Overall Rating: 6.550

Address: 1777 Steiner St.
Cross Street(s): Sutter St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhood: Fillmore
Phone: 415.771.0888
Hours: M-Sa 6am-8pm; Su 10am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.10
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.00
Last Update: 06/06/2008
First Reviewed: 06/06/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This caf� is something of a neighborhood favorite for its quirky atmosphere and ridiculously cheap (though not that great) coffee. Inside there's found art everywhere - plus painted caf� tables, a couple of seats from movie theaters (with cup-holders), juicers on display, wine for $9 a bottle, and a few outdoor sidewalk caf� tables under parasols. Using a two-group La Spaziale, they pull fuller shots that sit tall in a Lavazza-branded IPA cups. It has a medium-to-dark brown crema that runs a bit thin. And given the pour size, the flavor is not surprisingly a little watery as well. But the flavor of the cup is one of the limitations here: it's more a mixture of mild pepper and a bit of water. I asked the barista what beans they used, and he noted that they use the el cheapo America's Best Coffee for espresso and the el cheapest San Francisco Bay Coffee (available at Costco) for drip - but only after a long pause. It's hard to know whether the pause reflect that he couldn't remember or if he was sheepish about the caf�'s choices. But what do you expect for $1 espresso? Perhaps it was appropriate that I had to reach the place on foot once my 38L Geary Express Muni bus transformed into a front-seat brawl, grounding the entire bus for a long while to take down police reports.