Coffee Tea & Spice

Overall Rating: 6.500

Address: 1630 Haight St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Clayton & Belvedere Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Upper Haight
Phone: 415.861.3953
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sa 8am-6pm; Su 9:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Coffee Tea & Spice
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 08/17/2003
First Reviewed: 08/17/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

K.C. & Gina Evans run this converted Victorian flat of a coffeehouse - complete with an upstairs living room complete with plants, sofa, and fish tank. Posters of 1960s Haight-Ashbury musical greats. They roast their own beans and offer a huge selection of teas - not to mention their shelves of home coffee-making gear. Painfully slow service, however, with confusing lines and gabby staff too busy comparing tattoos with the customers. Limited indoor seating and only two sidewalk chairs, making to-go servings inevitable. Espresso is served with a short layer of thicker, medium brown crema in a short paper cup. Herbal flavor with some pepper notes. Not outstanding, but arguably the best espresso on upper Haight St.