Krivaar Caf� & Catering

Overall Rating: 5.900

Address: 475 Pine St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Montgomery & Kearny Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.781.0894
Hours: M-F 6:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Carimali
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 4
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $0.75
Last Update: 08/29/2003
First Reviewed: 08/29/2003
Notes: None

Since 1980, this small Middle Eastern caf� hidden in the shadows of the Bank of America tower has arguably served the best and most authentic lunch in all of downtown. And surprisingly decent espresso, given its humble origins. Low-key, convenience store feel with a few tables in back. Owner/barista Gregory "Koko" Ohanessian is beyond friendly. Espresso is served with a thick, rich, pale crema (that holds up well over time) in a huge ACF cup. Good aesthetics, but it lacks depth of flavor - which is mostly a dry, woody taste with some spice. Still, a good deal for $0.75.