Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 4001 Judah St.
Cross Street(s): 45th Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Phone: 415.661.6140
Hours: M-F 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/30/2014
First Reviewed: 05/30/2014
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This Outer Richmond restaurant opened in 2011 and quickly became something of a local institution -- even if its stature was perhaps exaggerated in contrast with the quality of its neighbors. It closed down to expand in early 2014. It has since reopened to overpacked and long-lined crowds well out of proportion of what they deliver, although what they deliver is good. The "old" part of the place is jamming with breakfast and lunch crowds on wooden tables in front and along the corner sidewalks -- and they nearby parklet along 45th Ave. Inside its seating has expanded to a new dedicated bar section, which operates from 3pm until sunset. It contains the heart of their coffee service as well as intimate two-person caf´┐Ż tables versus the larger communal tables near the front. Also at the metal bar are seating stools and a dedicated daytime barista (who converts into the English "bartender" after 3pm). Using a two-group Astoria lever machine, Mazzer grinders, and Four Barrel coffee, they pull shots with a medium brown, ochre-like crema of thin layer thickness that disappointingly dissipates quickly. It has a muted Four Barrel brightness but lacks body and depth. Served in a larger, dark brown ACF cup with a tall glass of mineral water from their tap. There's also ample Chemex service, decent latte art, and a heavy dose of Morrissey. But as the chalkboard coffee menu hear noted the "Columbia [sic] Andino", the espresso also rang one note sour of being precisely correct. Good, but not great. Fortunately with their rear bar you don't have to wait to get something of its modest quality.