Grand Coffee

Overall Rating: 7.850

Address: 2663 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 22nd & 23rd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.206.1238
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa 9am-7pm; Su 9am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Unknown
Coffee Beans: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 03/03/2011
First Reviewed: 03/03/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

The locals rave about this cubbyhole, which opened in July 2010, and you can see why. This stretch of Mission St. has a dearth of decent coffee shops that don't serve ashy, overextracted dreck. The tiny shop offers four metal stools at a short counter at the far side of the entrance. Otherwise this place is mostly serving space behind the counter and a small area to walk inside to order. It operates as a one-man (Nabeel Silmi) coffee bar with barely anything to eat, save a few pastries and chocolate bars. But they also sell French press coffee, Hario drippers, etc. Using a three-group La Marzocco Linea, Nabeel uses Four Barrel beans to pull modest-sized shots with a mottled lighter and darker brown crema in classic brown Nuova Point cups. It's not quite the brightness bomb you might expect from 4B, but it is a strictly acidity-forward cup that's lacking some body and balance. Though that's certainly likely more the 4B coffee than how the shot is pulled. It has a good herbal pungency with some cloves and a bright molasses-like edge of sweetness.