Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: 5800 Geary Blvd.
Cross Street(s): 21st Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94121
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Phone: 415.752.2222
Hours: W-M 5:30pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 9
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Barefoot Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 08/29/2010
First Reviewed: 08/29/2010
Notes: None

You may be surprised to find a one-Michelin-star restaurant (2010) in the Outer Richmond, but here it is. Though be warned: it has the prices to match. There are multiple seating areas in the deceptively large space of this Moroccan restaurant. The inside is dark, and there's a well-stocked bar in front that also sports a three-group Nuova Simonelli machine. Watching the barista make espresso shots through the night, you notice something is different about the place: he's deliberate and methodical between his tamping, brushing, and grinding to order. You simply know that the training had to come from a coscientious local roaster, and we were hardly surprised to learn that it was Barefoot. The resulting shot has a large swirl of a mottled medium and darker brown crema. It has a very potent, and pleasant, aroma, and a fuller mouthfeel from the richness of its crema. Even so, the body is slightly light for all other indicators: this is not a maple syrup shot. The flavor has a layer of creaminess (enhanced by the texture) on top of spice and cedar/wood flavors. It's served in dark brown classic ACF cups with a lump of brown raw sugar on the spoon. One of the best espresso shots you can get at a restaurant in this city.