Crossroads Caf�

Overall Rating: 5.800

Address: 699 Delancey St.
Cross Street(s): The Embarcadero, across Pier 38, at the end of Delancey St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: South Beach
Phone: 415.836.5624
Hours: M-F 7am-10pm; Sa 8am-10pm; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 5.10
Aroma: 4
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 05/14/2010
First Reviewed: 08/14/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Outdoor Seating

Cavernous, elegant art space, paperback & magazine bookstore, and caf�. We hadn't been here in 7 years, and a lot has changed, a lot has stayed the same. Instead of the unique and modern table & chair sets that made it look like a furniture showroom floor, they now have standard issue furnishings. Even so, it remains a great place to meet someone and hold a conversation (or to hold a job interview, as some do). Not too busy or noisy. Outdoors there is still bench, sidewalk, and garden patio seating. But the coffee has unfortunately taken a bit of a dive over the years. Long ago, they used Vigal beans from an old Astra machine to produce a very dark brown, moderately thick crema with a full, richer body, a deep color, and a subtle herbal flavor in balance with a variety of other notes. Today they use Mr. Espresso beans in a two-group Astoria and produce larger shots with a weak, stale odor, a light brown crema of scant thickness, and a flavor of pepper and some spice that suggests filter drip coffee rather than espresso - even if it isn't too watery considering. It's a great disappointment and suggests a pedestrian SF espresso circa 1993. The serving temperature is also a bit tepid, and we felt that independent of the customers in line with us who came back to ask to have their beverages microwaved. They also changed their cups from Lubiana to mass-produced Tuxtons. The single espresso price hasn't changed in 7 years. Nor has their two unrefined sugar lumps that accompany it. But things have really gone south here in the attention to detail.