Lupa Trattoria

Overall Rating: 6.600

Address: 4109 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Castro St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415.282.5872
Hours: M-Th 5:30pm-10pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 11/08/2013
First Reviewed: 05/15/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Intensely authentic Italian (Rome) restaurant staff. There's no formal greeter, so entering can be a little chaotic on busy nights. Dark interior has the occasional smell of truffle oil. A noisy place on two nearby seating levels. For years they've used pre-ground beans but pre-heated cups. Shiny, single-group Elektra machine at the back. They sometimes serve espresso a little cool. While it can lack a punch, or a depth of flavor, it's tobaccoy with a sweet edge. The crema is respectable: a layer of lighter brown, sometimes marbled with a medium brown. Yet they serve appropriately sized "three-sip" espresso, resulting in a cup that requires no sugar and has no bitterness.