Horse Shoe Coffee House

Overall Rating: 3.400

Address: 566 Haight St.
Cross Street(s): Steiner St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
Phone: 415.626.8852
Hours: M-Su 6am-12am
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 3.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 5
Crema: 2
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Unknown
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 06/22/2003
First Reviewed: 06/22/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Lower Haight funky, from the dark interior, unusual lighting, unfinished spaces (vast sections suggest an abandoned home remodel), and cheap, quirky art (the garage-sale pieces for sale are worth the $8 for the titles alone). Most customers sit at the outside tables on fair-weather days. While they sell McLaughlin whole beans, their espresso - served only double-sized - comes in unknown bags. Almost no crema and a thin body served in a paper cup. Hardly discernable from drip coffee. What flavor there is tends to be smoky. And yet they claim the best coffee and pastries in S.F. Go to the International Cafe down the block instead.