Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Co.

Overall Rating: 5.700

Address: 4073 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Castro & Noe Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415.550.1405
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa-Su 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 4.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 6
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 01/13/2015
First Reviewed: 08/03/2003
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

This sparse neighborhood bakery is known for its artisan breads and desserts, but its espresso has never been half bad - dating back to when they used Peet's and later Uncommon Grounds coffee with their Mr. Espresso-supplied CMA machine. In recent years they've revamped their coffee service with a local roaster (Sightglass) and a newer two-group Faema Emblema machine. An outdoor bench on the cold, shady side of 24th St. (in agreeable weather) marks the only seating for what otherwise is just a walk-up kiosk of sorts. They pull default doppio shots that run short on size, and they come with a scant thin layer of a medium brown crema of decent weight. They now grind to order, unlike before, and the cup tastes of a potent fruit-bomb of sour cherry with some midrange notes and a decent heft to the body. Without a readily available sink, unfortunately its paper cups only here.