Caffe D'Melanio

Overall Rating: 7.450

Address: 1314 Ocean Ave.
Cross Street(s): Plymouth St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94112
Neighborhood: Ingleside
Phone: 415.333.3665
Hours: M-F 7am-9pm; Sa 7am-3pm, 5am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Caffe D'Melanio
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 08/02/2008
First Reviewed: 08/02/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This large, spacious caf�, located near SF City College, is a rare Ingleside gem. It's of Italian influence by way of Argentina. Part coffee roastery and caf�, part restaurant. They have two sidewalk benches along Ocean Ave. in front (perhaps the only SF city street wide enough to land a 747). Inside there's a wide space with tall ceilings, a skylight, and numerous tables. In front there's what looks like a Primo PRI-20 25-lb roaster surrounded by plastic bins and burlap sacks of green beans. (They apparently roast only once weekly.) There's also a wall of pre-bagged coffee for purchase (including their new "Obama Blend" of Kenyan coffees - reflecting the politics of the place). They pull shots with an old school, two-group La San Marco near the register. With it they produce espresso shots with an even, slightly thin layer of medium brown crema. Using darker roasted coffees (in a way that is very un-trendy these days, but done well), the resulting shot has a bold flavor with a nice pungency of spices and a classic 'espresso italiano' edge. There's a strong component of smokiness and slight tobacco edge. It's a bit thinner on the body given the rest of the cup qualities - not surprising, given the large pour for single shots (doubles are just 25� more). Served in classic brown, thick-walled ACF cups. Worth the trek.