Dynamo Donuts

Overall Rating: 7.650

Address: 2760 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Hampshire St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.920.1978
Hours: Tu-Sa 7am-5pm; Su 9am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 08/06/2016
First Reviewed: 09/20/2008
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

This high-end donut purveyor may not have espresso in their name, but they take it as seriously as their $36 donuts. (Donuts that your grandmother would not recognize as a donut - more of a round cake - but enough to bring out the inner Homer Simpson in everyone.) This was originally just a tight kiosk with an awning, but the backroom and back garden now provide ample seating. No longer will an on-staff barista ask you to mind the store while he or she goes to the restroom. Here they stick to some high-quality ingredients: Four Barrel Friendo Blendo coffee, Clover organic milk, etc. Using a yellow two-group La Marzocco Linea, they take their time and make deliberate shots of espresso with a mottled medium- and dark-brown crema of a good, but occasionally uneven, consistency and some real thickness. The crema is a bit congealed and separates from the liquid coffee - breaking up what should otherwise be an emulsion. It has a strong brightness that's often pleasant without being too acidic (sometimes it is strong enough for some to differ). Oddly enough, we like their original shots of Stumptown Hairbender slightly better - given that they switched to Four Barrel once they got their roasting operations up in early 2009. Their Hairbender shots had an even fresher, more intense brightness, a semi-syrupy consistency, and a strongly pungent flavor that are muted with the Friendo Blendo. But just when we were ready to call Four Barrel a step down, the quality has improved here in flavor, brightness, and even crema (especially with their top morning barista) to bridge any gap.