Cafe on the Square at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Overall Rating: 4.150

Address: 736 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 3rd & 4th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.655.7800
Hours: M-Tu 11:30am-4:30pm; Th 11:30am-7pm; F-Su 11:30am-4:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Schaerer
Coffee Rating: 3.80
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 5
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Rosenthal
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/08/2008
First Reviewed: 08/08/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This caf� offers a mouthful for a name, as it's located in the new Contemporary Jewish Museum. There's a nice open plaza from Mission St. leading up to it, with a few orange caf� tables in the outdoor sun shielded by green parasols. Inside there are a few indoor tables along a long, tall, white interior wall of modern design. The menu is a sort of faux kosher, but then the entrance doorway to this place is adorned with uncircumcized cherubs - so who's counting? Using a hideous single-group Schaerer Ambiente, they pull espresso shots with a pale blonde crema of modest thickness. The resulting shot is rather tall and thin - just slightly better than drip with its mild pepper flavor. But served in a decent adult cup at least.