Mo'z Cafe

Overall Rating: 7.050

Address: 36 Fifth St.
Cross Street(s): Stevenson St., btwn Market & Mission Sts. near Mint Plaza
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.777.1080
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Capricorn Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 01/13/2010
First Reviewed: 10/09/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales

Just west of the San Francisco Centre mall, at the end of Mint Plaza, this caf� is the latest incarnation in a series of failed predecessors (Cafe 36, the three-month life of a Caff� Amici Espresso chain, etc.). The internal designed has hardly changed since Caff� Amici Espresso blew through here in the summer of '09: there are over a dozen small indoor tables in its sleek, modern, spacious interior - but nothing outdoors. They use the same two-group La Spaziale Super 3000 machine left behind, and with it they pull surprisingly modest-sized espresso shots with a healthy-looking layer of darker brown crema of modest thickness and a good texture. In fact, we've rarely seen anyone in SF produce a crema this good looking from Capricorn Coffee beans, so this could be the rare occasion where they are fresh from a new store opening. It has a decent body and a flavor mostly centered on an herbal pungency. Served in large, filter-coffee-sized Tuxton cups. They are more than generous with milk frothing. Order a cappuccino, and there's enough semi-dry foam that you'll want to reach for a shaving kit. But the quality of the microfoam is decent. We'll see how long this opening lasts; the single espresso price came down from $1.95 since it's opening.