Magic Flute, The

Overall Rating: 5.050

Address: 3673 Sacramento St.
Cross Street(s): Spruce St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Laurel Heights
Phone: 415.922.1225
Hours: M-Tu 11am-2:30pm; W-F 11am-10pm; Sa 10am-10pm; Su 10am-2:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 5
Body: 3
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Tom & Dave's Specialty Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Tognana
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 04/17/2011
First Reviewed: 04/17/2011
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This caf´┐Ż is a bit dated and distinguished for the neighborhood - just the way they like it. It's frequented by elderly matrons and well-heeled new moms who just had their babies at nearby CPMC. The decoration is quasi-European to match their menu: vaguely a casual, dated French feel with nods to Italy and other parts Mediterranean. There's a wooden patio in back that's popular with the outdoor brunch set. Using a two-group Elektra in the kitchen, they pull espresso shots with a medium blonde, thin crema. It has a sad, thin body and very little flavor. What's there in this unappetizing espresso is a wet, diluted, ash and smoke. Served in Lavazza-logo Tognana cups. Cappuccinos are served massive and with chunky foam. Dreadful, if not criminal.