Academy Cafe

Overall Rating: 6.650

Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr.
Cross Street(s): John F Kennedy & Martin Luther King Jr. Drs., Golden Gate Park
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Phone: 415.379.8000
Hours: M-Sa 9:30am-5pm; Su 11am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Thanksgiving Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 12/10/2008
First Reviewed: 12/10/2008
Notes: None

Located in the new California Academy of Sciences as its prime dining area, this cafeteria has a three-group Elektra machine located at the end of a service island. They pull rather slow (slow is good) shots of espresso - albeit 'doppio'-sized for singles. It has a medium brown, even crema that's a little on the thin side - but not too much. The coffee seems relatively fresh (a couple weeks old) and comes from Thanksgiving Coffee Co. However, it's a bit of an acquired taste - a bit earthy, turpeny, and with a flavor of root-like bitterness. Served in black ACF ceramic cups.