Overall Rating: 2.200

Address: 501 2nd St.
Cross Street(s): On Bryant St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.543.4444
Hours: M-F 7:30am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Deli
Cafe Rating: 3.20
Barista: 4
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 1.20
Aroma: 2
Body: 3
Brightness: 2
Crema: 1
Flavor: 0
Taster's Correction: -2.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Superior
Cup Manufacturer: Styrofoam
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 08/14/2003
First Reviewed: 08/14/2003
Notes: None

Across an I-80 E freeway onramp, this unassuming salad bar and deli is a little lost between neighborhoods. Pink tables, cafeteria trays, and flourescent light "charm". Efficient barista uses an old school Mr. Espresso Rancilio Z8 (with chrome eagle on top) to produce a miniscule ring of crema foam on the edges of a half-filled, medium-sized styrofoam cup. Bitter, ashy flavor - to the extent that it tastes like the thing that went awfully wrong, such as a chemical residue. One of the most foul-tasting espressos in SF.