Overall Rating: 6.800

Address: 111 Richland St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Mission St. & San Jose Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.970.9090
Hours: M-Sa 5:30am-8pm; Su 6am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 8
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Cumaica Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Glass
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 07/02/2012
First Reviewed: 07/02/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This local neighborhood coffee shop opened in 2012 without too much fanfare. It's a little off the beaten path, despite its signage along the far end of Mission St. Out front there are flags exclaiming "espresso" waving in the wind plus a few sidewalk caf´┐Ż tables along Richland St. Inside they've done a lot with a little space, making it feel a bit like an exhibit in a historical museum. There are a few wooden tables indoors and a warm, wooded interior decorated with a Central American coffee theme -- including an organic ally shaped wooden window counter with stools. Using a modern two-group Nuova Simonelli machine, they pull shots of Cumaica Coffee (also sold for a mere $10.50/lb). You can taste the Martha & Bros. roots: it's lacking any sweetness or much acidity, and the deep, smoky tobacco flavor even borders on ashy. This is espresso made more for cutting through milk-based drinks. But the espresso shots are served tall in frosted glass and wire cups with a medium brown, even, relatively full crema. While not worth going out of your way to get to, it's decent for a convenient local spot.