Castro Tarts

Overall Rating: 3.200

Address: 564 Castro St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 18th & 19th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.861.3268
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sa-Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 2.20
Aroma: 3
Body: 2
Brightness: 3
Crema: 2
Flavor: 1
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 08/31/2003
First Reviewed: 08/31/2003
Notes: None

The cheap art on the walls matches their K-Mart sound system - and their attempt at espresso. Tarts, desserts, and several steel-topped tables. No locals seem to step in here, and you can taste why. Their grossly overpriced espresso is devoid of any aroma, and what little crema there is fades in seconds. Poured as a monster-sized serving of foul-tasting liquid. Worse than just a drip-like pepper flavor, it is dominated by a medicinal, metallic edge. Thin, drip-like body. The machine also seems to suffer from poor cleaning and a build-up of rancid oils.