Anchor & Hope

Overall Rating: 6.350

Address: 83 Minna St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 1st & 2nd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.501.9100
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F 11:30am-11pm; Sa 5:30pm-11pm; Su 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Very inconsistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 03/18/2009
First Reviewed: 08/05/2008
Notes: None

This restaurant opened in April 2008, brought to you by the people behind nearby Town Hall and Salt House - bringing good (albeit somewhat overpriced) food. Here the emphasis is on an oyster bar and fish house, and they do it in a cavernous, wooden interior of a former warehouse. Along a long bar, they use a UNIC Rumba Twin (two-group) machine to pull short shots of Illy. Unfortunately, the quality here can be maddeningly inconsistent. Early on, the Illy coffee was so stale that the shot has really no crema whatsoever, and the resulting body and flavor were entirely flat. Yet in Jan. '09, they produced one of the best shots of Illy we've had this side of Italy: with a fresh aroma, a rich, thick, medium brown crema, a potent flavor exhibiting an herbal pungency rarely found in Illy coffee stateside (which tends to run on a flavor of mild pepper and spices with some woodiness). But two months later, they were back to typical restaurant Illy: a semi-thin layer of pale-to-medium-brown crema and a tepid Illy flavor. Freshness seems like a factor in the variance here, but it's not the only one. Ratings here reflect more of the baseline than an individual shot, with the cupper's correction accounting for some of the potential. Served in Illy-logo designer IPA cups.