Andytown Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.250

Address: 3655 Lawton St.
Cross Street(s): 43rd Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Phone: 415.753.9775
Hours: Tu-Th 7am-12pm; F 7am-3pm; Sa 8am-3pm; Su 8am-12pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Espressonistic Works B.V.
Coffee Rating: 8.50
Aroma: 9
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Andytown Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: U.S. Ceramic
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/30/2014
First Reviewed: 05/30/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

A project of husband & wife team Lauren Crabbe (former Blue Bottle lead barista) and Michael McCrory, they followed the well-travelled "free money" route of Kickstarter to open this this neighborhood caf´┐Ż and roastery in March 2014. It's located in a corner shop with a small storefront but long interior that extends well back to their converted 5-lb Probat LE5 roaster. In front as you enter, there's communal seating at a larger wooden table behind their corner glass windows. There are also a few stool seats along the long wall beneath wide white shelving of retail coffee merchandising, across from the service counter. But overall, the store can only handle a limited number of simultaneous customers -- and almost none of them laptop zombies -- which does create a communal feel for the space. The highlight of the service counter is the impressive three-group, manual Kees van der Westen Mirage Idrocompresso Triplette espresso machine secured from Blue Bottle's SFMOMA location (under reconstruction). They use Mazzer and Astoria grinders, and for their espresso they pulled shots of their Short Strand blend: a combination of washed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and natural Brazil from Daterra Farms. Michael was roasting some of the Daterra Brazil at the time, noting its lack of "peanut" character typical of its brethren. They pull shots with a mottled medium brown crema of good thickness. It comes with a pungent aroma and possesses a fruity brightness with sharp acidity, but yet it's backed up with a solid body from its Brazilian base. It's a vibrant and lively shot, which is quite excellent even if it's lacking a little balance. Served in hand-fashioned ceramic cups created by SF-based Douglas Dowers and served on a wooden plank with a glass of mineral water on the side. It's a solid espresso and authentic experience that seems delightfully ignorant of many of the new coffee shop trends and expectations from the more fashionable parts of the city.