Overall Rating: 6.700

Address: 144 King St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 2nd & 3rd Sts., across from AT&T Park
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: China Basin
Phone: 510.816.8761
Hours: M-F 7:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Laranzato
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 05/06/2010
First Reviewed: 05/06/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This industrial art space caf� opened in late 2009 and is easy to miss - despite its size and being across the street from AT&T Park. There are a few French caf� tables among the front patio and also inside, but inside it is primarily a large art space with white walls and a number of pieces of various media, including lawn chairs on a real patch of lawn. At the center is a coffee bar that doesn't mess with food items: the focus here is on the coffee, using a two-group Laranzato ME-2. There are also a number of plastic Clever drippers from Sweet Maria's and a number of Pelligrino bottles lining the long serving countertops. They feature coffee from Equator Coffees & Teas, which we've long been ambivalent about - i.e., great accolades as a roaster, but underwhelming results in most of the caf�s they supply. They used their Arabian Mocha Java blend for espresso, but they also featured an organic Brazil Chapada Diamantina, a Colombia La Josefina, and a Costa Rica Montes de Oro. They pull espresso as sizable shots served in larger paper cups (unfortunately). It has a healthy looking, mottled, medium brown crema of average thickness and a flavor of a light tobacco smokiness. There are some herbal notes and pleasant spices in the mix, but the shot has a somewhat narrow flavor profile. Good, but again not the place to showcase Equator beans.