Simple Pleasures Cafe

Overall Rating: 7.300

Address: 3434 Balboa St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 35th & 36th Aves.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94121
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Phone: 415.387.4022
Hours: M-Sa 6am-11pm; Su 6am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Simple Pleasures Coffee Roasting Company
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.80
Last Update: 05/05/2012
First Reviewed: 05/05/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This coffeehouse claims to be the oldest in the Richmond District, in operation since 1978. Two doors down is their roasting facilities. It's a social place that serves as an active community center. On rare fair-weather days, the sidewalk out front can be populated with many conversing local characters on caf´┐Ż tables and chairs. Inside they have the typical colored chalkboard menus that characterized SF cafes in the 1980s. Seating is among big wooden tables in front on numerous odd chairs in back. They offer live music, beer on tap, and espresso shots pulled from a two-group La San Marco machine. The pour is a bit large with a dark to medium brown, healthy crema. Yet the body is robust, with a bold, body-forward flavor of earthiness, chocolate, and tobacco. It's a bit like SF cafe time travel, but that's not always such a bad thing.