Cafe Capriccio

Overall Rating: 8.050

Address: 2200 Mason St.
Cross Street(s): Chestnut St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.772.0937
Hours: M 7am-6pm; Tu-F 7am-8pm; Sa-Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 8.30
Aroma: 8
Body: 9
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Ecco Caff�
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 03/29/2009
First Reviewed: 03/29/2009
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Approaching this North Beach caf�, you wouldn't think it would be much different from the others nearby - but you'd be wrong. The espresso here is a real standout in the neighborhood, coinciding with the ownership change in late 2008 to Alex and Jessie. This corner caf� has red-and-white-striped awnings (complete with icicle lights), sidewalk tables, and many mirrors inside a small space with a few dark tables. The clientele here are generally quiet and studious. Using an organic Ecco Caff� espresso blend and a new three-group Nuova Simonelli, they pull pretty shots with mottled dark brown crema with reddish flecks. Ordering a few shots here, the consistency wasn't perfect (the crema on some was lighter) - but it looks serious and has a good consistency, thickness, and persistence. A shot close to our hearts, it has a thick, almost syrupy body: potent, dense. Flavorwise, it is well-balanced (a true espresso blend), smooth, shows pungent strength, and finishes with a sweeter edge. A very pleasant surprise, and one of the finest espresso examples in town.