Grove Yerba Buena, The

Overall Rating: 7.550

Address: 690 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): 3rd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.957.0558
Hours: M-F 7am-11pm; Sa-Su 8am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Verve Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Syracuse
Price: $2.10
Last Update: 09/27/2011
First Reviewed: 09/27/2011
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Yet another in the SF chain of "The Grove" breakfast caf�s. They gutted the former Vino Venue here and put in all the trappings for which The Grove is known: a casual atmosphere, exposed natural woods, a fireplace, tree trunks, and the feel of a rustic hunting lodge (without the moose heads). Outside they've taken over the sidewalk space in front, installing ample seating among wooden tables and chairs in a sectioned-off are with clear plastic overhang. It's good for people-watching. Inside they have many wooden tables and chairs, a chalkboard menu, and a central espresso bar that sports a two-group La Marzocco Linea with bold Verve signage. And yet the cash register setup is not optimized for coffee service: you can end up waiting for minutes in line while indecisive patrons ahead of you stare at menus. (Service has also gotten our order wrong, delivering a macchiato when we ordered an espresso.) The shot has a modest mottled medium brown crema. It has a smooth, rounded flavor of a real espresso blend of some herbal elements, some spice, some earthiness, and a hint of sweetness. Their milk-frothing shows unevenly sized bubbles, but it's not terrible.