Martha & Brothers Coffee Company

Overall Rating: 6.550

Address: 745 Cortland Ave.
Cross Street(s): Ellsworth St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.642.7585
Hours: M-Sa 5:30am-8pm; Su 6:30am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Martha & Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 06/30/2003
First Reviewed: 06/30/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Very clean, spacious, and well-kept espresso bar. Glossy wooden tables & chairs indoors. Outdoor bench seating for the many dog walkers. Various baked goods and accessories, but the focus is coffee. (It's not shocking that they won the 2003 SF Bay Guardian Editors' Pick for Best All-Purpose Coffee.) Espresso is served from a Cadillac-sized Faema into paper cups. Very dark pour with a modest layer of extremely dark brown crema. Full-weighted body with an intense smoky flavor that can be a bit overbearing (though good for milk drinks). Lingering aftertaste borders on burnt.