Cantata Coffee Company

Overall Rating: 3.550

Address: 1708 Haight St.
Cross Street(s): Cole St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Upper Haight
Phone: 415.221.5555
Hours: M-Su 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 2.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 2
Brightness: 3
Crema: 2
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Cantata Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 02/09/2008
First Reviewed: 08/17/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

With another outlet in San Jose, this small espresso bar is unusually clean for Haight St. Though decades ago it was once a grand, large location filled with wood panelling; for the last few years, it's been a minimalist convenience store front with some remnants of the upstairs office space when this was something greater. Some window counter seating and a few chairs; minimal sidewalk seating on a bench. The owner imports the coffee himself and roasts in 100-lb batches at a roaster near the SF International Airport. But his artisan efforts don't pay off. Using two-group La Pavoni at the counter, they serve espresso with a thin, sometimes almost absent, medium brown crema that quickly dissipates into a ring around the cup. Average-to-drip-coffee-thin body. Its drip-like pepper flavor is also a disappointment. You can get this effect from pre-packaged Peerless beans with a fraction of the effort. But this misnamed drip coffee is priced for the street homeless in the neighborhood. Good luck getting a ceramic cup nowdays - it's almost all paper.