Spike's Coffee & Teas

Overall Rating: 7.850

Address: 4117 19th St.
Cross Street(s): Castro St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.626.5573
Hours: M-Sa 6:30am-7pm; Su 7:30am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Mountanos Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 11/18/2006
First Reviewed: 08/31/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This popular neighborhood caf� deserves the attention. They have shown a tremendous amount of consistency over the past few years; I can tell when an age-old review still nails the espresso at some establishment over a year or two later. The price of a single espresso may have risen 40� since 2003, but the rest is the same. In a small, humble space that goes relatively deep alongside wall-to-wall coffee beans. They have a few indoor tables and a few for the sidewalk outside as well. A wide variety of loose teas and roasted beans for sale. The baristas here tamp well and are deliberately patient. They serve a modestly sized espresso with a dark brown, congealed crema of good thickness; it holds together well and persists throughout the cup. It has a very smooth texture with a robust, syrup-like body. Well-balanced, complex, and a rich flavor -- tasting of tobacco with some herbal and spicy elements. Not a sweet cup, but there's a lot going on. Served in stocky IPA cups.