Mojo Bicycle Caf�

Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: 639A Divisadero St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Hayes & Grove Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.440.2338
Hours: M-W 7am-10pm; Th-F 7am-12am; Sa 8am-12am; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.10
Last Update: 02/26/2016
First Reviewed: 06/06/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This combination food/espresso caf� and bike shop sits across the street of The Independent (n�e The Kennel Club). They have some nice, open air seating along the dingier Divisadero St. sidewalk, parklet-style, and there are several indoor caf� tables. The menu once included beer, wine, and sandwiches but has diminished since. However, they take their coffee the most seriously out of their non-bike consumables. They offered private label biker roasts from Ecco Caff�, switched to De La Paz, and are now using Ritual Coffee. And yes, there's a whole bike shop in the back. We never got what bicycles had to do with espresso - from the various caf�s around the country to charitable organizations - any more than, say, school bus drivers. But no matter, they have a two-group La Marzocco Linea behind the pastry case, although they're about to move things around to showcase all things coffee in one corner. Using the Linea, they pull a shot with a mottled medium brown crema of modest thickness. We've seen the occasional barista here smell the cup before serving it, which is a good sign. It's a modest-sized shot with a lighter body - not thick or syrupy in the least bit, but not thin or watery either. It has a Central-American-leaning and semi-robust flavor: big on acidic brightness but weak on much else. Served once in classic brown, thick-walled Nuova Point cups but now World China or Tuxton porcelain cups are in heavier rotation to cover for past breakage. Milk-frothing can be nothing to write home about: some of the evening baristas create an outright mess. A more recent trend is an infiltration of Francophones.