Sausage Factory, The

Overall Rating: 5.550

Address: 517 Castro St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 18th & 19th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.626.1250
Hours: M-Su 11:30am-12am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 5
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Farmer Brothers Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Italy Ceramic
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 03/25/2010
First Reviewed: 03/25/2010
Notes: None

Since 1968, this old-school Italian restaurant holds multiple name puns for the neighborhood. It's covered in old wallpaper and wall-hangings. It also has the layout of a large, old Victorian, with several rooms/seating areas designed more for living than serving. There is a bar in front and back, with the one in front employing a single-group UNIC Pony Espresso. They pull shots of Farmer Brothers Coffee filled high in Caffe Vergnano 1882 logo cups - the likes we haven't seen outside of Piemonte, Italy. The crema is rather pale and has a modest thickness. Poured high, it's a touch watery with a basic flavor of spice and pepper. There are worse espresso shots at old school Italian restaurants, but this isn't exactly much good either.