Overall Rating: 5.900

Address: 1434 18th St.
Cross Street(s): Connecticut St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.252.1625
Hours: M-F 11:30am-10pm; Sa 11am-10pm; Su 10am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astra
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 7
Crema: 5
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 03/10/2011
First Reviewed: 03/10/2011
Notes: None

This modest corner Italian restaurant makes surprisingly good, simple food and weak, overly simplistic espresso. It's a tight space with worn wooden tables and chairs. It's a true neighborhood place, with tall corner windows and tables on top of each other. Using a two-group Astra machine behind the counter (not a good sign), they pull shots with a pale ring of crema and a bald center. It has a thin body and a thin flavor of a light, smoky tobacco. It's weak-bodied despite being served properly short. But the baristas here seem to do what they can with what seems like a stale bean supply. They do seem to be aware of what blends they use for what coffee preparation, however.