Castro Cheesery, The

Overall Rating: 5.200

Address: 427 Castro St.
Cross Street(s): Market St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.552.6676
Hours: M-Sa 8am-10pm; Su 9am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 5.90
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caffen
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 01/16/2008
First Reviewed: 08/31/2003
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Contrary to its name, cheese plays second fiddle to the vast array of roasted coffee available for purchase in this kiosk of a storefront - not to mention the coffee makers, filters, and related accessories. A dark, tiny space with no seating. They serve and sell Caffen coffee from Naples from an older two-group Rancilio at the back (it used to be a La Pavoni). Espresso is served with a thin, pale crema and an average body. Woody, mostly herbal flavor that borders on ashy and bitter without jumping over there.