Hooker's Sweet Treats

Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: 442 Hyde St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn O'Farrell & Ellis Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: None
Hours: Tu-F 8am-4pm; Sa-Su 10am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Confectioner
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 06/28/2011
First Reviewed: 06/28/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This chocolate/salt caramel confectioner in the "Tendernob" part of town also sports an impressive coffee setup. It's a small, dark space decorated with vintage wallpaper on the walls, old wooden benches, vintage Cracker Jack boxes on display, and something of an old mariner theme with pelicans carved in wood. They have a single bench for seating on the sidewalk out front. Inside, there is a long table with a shared bench and some chairs -- in addition to window counter seating among three stools. Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea, the owner pulls shots of Sightglass' Owl's Howl espresso blend. The resulting shot is somewhat bright without being ridiculously so (as often happens in SF). It comes with a richly colored, mottled medium and dark brown crema that only comes from fresh-roasted coffee supplies. They pull doubles as a default into black ACF cups, and while the pour is of a modest size it lacks real body or heft. The flavor suggests some cedar and a touch of honey over some basic pleasant spiciness. Not particularly rounded, but not too narrow. Not the best shot you ever had, but it will do.