Cafe International

Overall Rating: 6.900

Address: 508 Haight St.
Cross Street(s): Fillmore St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
Phone: 415.552.7390
Hours: Tu-Th 8am-10pm; F 8am-12am; Sa-Su 8am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Syrup-like
Coffee Beans: Local Micro-Roaster
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 06/22/2003
First Reviewed: 06/22/2003
Notes: None

Gritty, vast cafe space in the Lower Haight fits well as a community neighbor. Colorful art, both large and small tables, and a multicultural theme with a Nubian bent. It's not pretty, but it works. Barista is well-versed in good espresso - and even offered to make it a ristretto (a good sign for awareness). Roast is locally made by an Iranian friend of the owner's who distributes to only a handful of establishments in the area. Espresso is served with a perfect, even, medium-brown crema. Well-balanced, smooth caramelly flavor with spice notes.