Bravado Coffee Bar and Lounge

Overall Rating: 7.650

Address: 170 King St. #109
Cross Street(s): Btwn 2nd & 3rd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: China Basin
Phone: 415.957.1100
Hours: M-F 6am-8pm; Sa-Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Fiorenzato
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: Caff� Pascucci
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.95
Last Update: 09/08/2011
First Reviewed: 01/13/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

In 2009, the Italy-based Caff� Pascucci chain (and its espresso school, etc.) turned over its financial management to a group that has since favored more aggressive global expansion plans - bringing their first non-Italian caf� chain store on this spot, across AT&T Park, in Jan 2011. The Gambero Rosso's Bar d'Italia, the Italian bible of coffee ratings, rates the coffee at two of this caf�'s Emilia-Romagna sisters as two and three (the max) chicchi respectively. It's solid compared to, say, Segafredo Zanetti, but weaker than Caff� del Doge. But by April 2012, they rebranded themselves as Bravado, serving the same coffee. Opening as a Caff� Pascucci, they brought along a barista of two years from there - complete with accent and tattooed arm. Inside it looks like a modern Italian furnishings store - complete with white leather seatings, angular tables and chairs, a mirrored wall, and tall stools. It's not a large space. There are some white sidewalk tables and chairs out front. Inside, front and center is a serving bar with twin, two-group, shiny Fiorenzato Ducale Tall machines from which they produce sizable doppio shots with a sharp, potent flavor. There's little softness to the cup's spice, woodiness, and slight bitterness that borders on a medicinal edge (that isn't particularly appealing). it has a nicely textured medium-brown crema, however. It's a solid Italian espresso, but not among its best examples. Served in gold logo ACF cups. Their drink menu famously has odd creations, caff� 'fantastico', like their list of "Espressi Confuso" - which is exactly as it sounds. (They are espresso drinks made with a unique cream-like concoction served from a whipped cream maker at a premium price.) Their milk frothing for cappuccino and the like isn't half-bad: a generally even texture, applied modestly. (They serve their larger drinks in glass.)