Loving Cup

Overall Rating: 6.700

Address: 2356 Polk St.
Cross Street(s): Union St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Phone: 415.440.6900
Hours: M-F 12pm-9:30pm; Sa-Su 11am-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Ice cream shop (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 06/02/2014
First Reviewed: 06/02/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

A dessert caf´┐Ż founded in 2008 by mother & daughter team Sandy & Liz Hawrylo. The idea was to make treats of local, organic, blah blah blah ingredients that "grandma used to make" -- which presumes your grandma made frozen yogurt. (And rice pudding.) This is their first location, and it's a tight space with a front window-side counter that seats about 4-6 tops and a front sidewalk bench. Otherwise there's no seating to be had. The staff are exceptionally friendly, and not just to children. Using a three-group La Marzocco Linea behind the counter, they pull shots of slightly large size with deliberate care and precision. Their "Bare Espresso" comes with an even medium brown, creamy crema, a balanced Blue Bottle flavor of some spices and herbalness with a little smoke (they use Blue Bottle's Hayes Valley Espresso blend). Despite paper cups only here, it's an enjoyable shot.