Overall Rating: 7.850

Address: 3086 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Folsom St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.826.2554
Hours: M-F 6am-9pm; Sa-Su 9am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Citrus
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 03/30/2012
First Reviewed: 01/09/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Not being much of a fan of the coffee in Germany, the name doesn't carry much great appeal - which fortunately doesn't apply to the coffee here. The former El Mexicano Restaurant converted over to this airy espresso bar in May '09. There are concrete floors, a tall ceiling, unfinished wood chairs and tables, and a lot of sunlight through the large glass panes in front and back. In back there's also patio seating among several tables. They use Ritual Coffee for espresso (their Evil Twin Brasil blend for our visit) and De La Paz for their filter coffee - and there's a lot of varieties stacked up on the shelves behind the service area. (They were also playing France Gall when we first came in, which scores points for good, esoteric tastes.) Using a three-group La Marzocco GB/5, they pull shots with a medium brown, even crema of decent thickness. It's a smooth-bodied shot with strong characteristics of the underlying coffee blend: sweetness, brightness, and the sharp potency of lemon peel. The citrus shots (aka, brightness bombs) seem to be a highly popular flavor profile for new espresso bars these days. It's a solid, flavorful cup - but it may vary based on your favorite flavor profiles. Served in classic brown Nuova Point cups. Black ones for milk-based drinks, where the milk frothing tends to be thin and a little on the wet side with rosetta latte art. These drinks can run a bit watery, however, and are not recommended.