Brown Owl Coffee

Overall Rating: 8.200

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 1131 Taraval St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 21st & 22nd Aves.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94116
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Phone: 415.242.1426
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm; Sa 8am-5pm; Su 8am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Hearth Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 02/19/2011
First Reviewed: 02/19/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Good coffee is not only a rare treat in the Outer Sunset, but it is often a rather uplifting social experience. This adage remains true at this tiny coffee shop, which looks more like an old barber shop from the outside - save for the wooden owl in the tree out front next to the Muni L-line stop. Inside it has a woodsy, camp-like feel with decorative logs and wood-cuttings, lacquered wood-cut tables, and mosaic arts decorating the walls. Opening in January 2011, this shop is the brainchild of Ariana Akbar, who has to be one of the most genuinely friendly and engaging people we've ever met in the coffee world. You may be in the Outer Sunset, but you'll feel like you're in a friendly Alaskan outpost. Ariana got into the business by roasting her own coffee (now as Hearth Coffee Roasters, where she time shares at a Peninsula roasting facility) and deciding to open a shop here, rather than North Beach. Her local friendships show in the mosaic art on the walls and the John Campbell baked goods. Engaging her patrons with stories and conversation, she's generously been known to offer a cookie or two, pour some Pelligrino with your espresso, etc. Her coffee emphasis is supported by Clever drippers and a four-group La Marzocco Linea. For her espresso, she's using Flores Island (Indonesia) Blue Dragon, which exhibits a surprisingly broad flavor profile for a single origin. She produces it in classic brown ACF cups with a healthy mottled dark and medium brown crema, plus a brief acidic sharpness followed by a more rounded herbal profile. Great espresso, and a great asset to the neighborhood. This is the very kind of place you'd like to see supported in SF, so do make a visit. [CLOSED in 2013, replaced by Antigua Coffee Shop]