Blue Fog Market

Overall Rating: 7.700

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 2794 California St.
Cross Street(s): Divisadero St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.931.9035
Hours: Su-Sa 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Deli (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 06/25/2008
First Reviewed: 06/25/2008
Notes: None

This small, local chain of delis opened in 2006. The shop is small but packed with a handful of finds. There are two chairs for seating in the corner, and near the coffee bar in front there's a bench and a stand-up counter loaded with condiments along the California St. window. And speaking of the front window, they loudly announce their use of Blue Bottle beans. Here they prefer the Hayes Valley Espresso blend, and Blue Bottle requires then to hold on to the inventory for no more than 14 days on the shelf (they deliver fresh beans weekly). Using a two-group La Marzocco GB/5, they pull perfectly short shots with a crema that's mottled and textured medium brown with some darker brown layered in it. The baristas here take pride in their craft, and the resulting shot is potent, pungent of cloves and herbal elements, and it packs a sharp flavor kick. Great stuff, really, and quite surprising for a deli. Served in black ACF cups - occasionally with a saucer. [CLOSED: Sep 2010. To become the Cal-Divis Marketplace.]