Caf� Prague

Overall Rating: 5.200

Address: 424 Merchant St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Sansome & Battery Sts., south of Washington St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.986.0269
Hours: M-Th 7:30am-12am; F 7:30am-1:30am; Sa 11am-1:30am; Su 11am-10:30p
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 4.90
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 10/20/2010
First Reviewed: 10/20/2010
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This caf� remains something of an S.F. favorite - even with its move from across Jackson Square. This time they are located down an alley from the Transamerica Pyramid. Outside there are a few tables. Inside, they still have the young, Czech-speaking baristas-in-training just in from the Czech Republic, Czech rock music, several places to sit and eat, and walls covered with all things Prague (incuding murals). It has a library-like feel, with framed artwork and a book motif. There's a large sports-playing TV screen next to a central bar that sports Czech beers and their two-group Elektra machine. Like their last location, it qualifies as bar and restaurant but can also serve as a caf�. The espresso here gets restaurant-style treatment, which is both good and bad. On the plus side, they're more upscale than the last location: offering a large glass of water and vessels for cream and sugar on the side. On the down side, they replaced their Caff� Roma coffee with Peet's and went from serving proper espresso shots to massive cups filled high with filter-drip-like coffee. Despite the bathtub to drink in, it's not quite as watery as you might expect. It comes with a ring of medium brown crema and a flavor of pepper and some ash.