Village Market

Overall Rating: 6.200

Address: 4555 California St.
Cross Street(s): 8th Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Presidio Heights
Phone: 415.221.0445
Hours: M-F 7:30am-8pm; Sa-Su 8:30am-7:30pm
Type of Establishment: Grocery
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: First Colony
Cup Manufacturer: Richard Ginori
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 02/20/2006
First Reviewed: 07/27/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Organic espresso bar inside an organic grocery and wine store that has been open since 1993. The owner claimed he was going to look into getting a dishwasher - and adequate plumbing - to replace the small paper cups with ceramic ones, and he's recently done it. Organic, Fair Trade beans from First Colony and Equal Exchange. Indoors there are three metal "outdoor" patio tables and a fountain. A mini bench for sidewalk seating. Using a two-group red La Pavoni machine supplied by Crossroads Espresso, they serve espresso with a pale, thin crema that can vary in quality - as does the flavor. At its best, it is poured short with a flavor that's complex, wild, and organic - with subtle smokiness, spice, and a slight vanilla sweetness. At other times (more recently, or depending on the barista), it can be filled high in the cup and taste strongly of tobacco with a touch of ashiness. Now served in an odd collection of mismatched cups if you order "for here". Won an SF Bay Guardian award for "best truly organic espresso" in 2002.