Station S.F., The

Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: 596 Pacific Ave.
Cross Street(s): Kearny St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.291.0690
Hours: M-F 7:30am-6pm; Sa-Su 9am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Brutti Fullin Costruzioni (BFC srl)
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Heath Ceramics
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 12/31/2012
First Reviewed: 12/31/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This corner espresso bar and retail space opened in Aug 2012, taking over a space that was formerly Bentley Carpet Mills. (It is also currently housing a pop-up clothing store called Taylor Stitch.) Large windows allow a lot of light in. The inside is marked by a stark black + white color scheme. They offer breakfasts and panini and a shelf of coffee merchandising. And why not? They know what they're doing here. There's large Blue Bottle signage on the front window, and they serve pour-overs using Blue-Bottle-logo Bonmac ceramics. Their espresso machine is a three-group, heat-exchanger BFC, which is an unusual and decidedly knowledgeable choice. (Word has it that it's a loaner and will eventually be replaced with a La Marzocco.) Using it and Blue Bottle's 17ft Ceiling blend, they pull properly short shots of espresso with a sweet aroma and a glass of sparkling water on the side. It has a mottled medium and darker brown crema with a subtle flavor that's moderately potent: not too sweet, but far from any earthier notes. More spices and light on the herbalness with almost no tobacco. Definitely improving the coffee in the neighborhood, even with the new R´┐Żveille Coffee Co. location opened up across the street.