|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.