Blue Plate

Overall Rating: 5.100

Address: 3218 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 29th & Valencia Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.282.6777
Hours: M-Su 6pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 5
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 3
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: Espresso Roma
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 09/17/2005
First Reviewed: 07/02/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Dark, tiny, understaffed restaurant. Slow service in slacker attire hurts the crema (thin ring of otherwise decent crema, though it can run to paltry) and serving temperature (tepid). Two-group Elektra machine scores style points lost by the lemon rind accompanying the espresso, but they've mostly done away with it in recent months. The flavor can run from medicinal and metallic accents to an overall pleasant cup (with even some chocolate notes) to a funky, pungent taste of what can be best described as a fine, powdery, yet tasteful, coffee substitute. Consistently served in a garage sale of mismatched cups and saucers (IPA, Tuxton, etc.).