H Caf�

Overall Rating: 4.400

Address: 3801 17th St.
Cross Street(s): Sanchez St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.487.1661
Hours: M-Th 6am-9pm; F 6am-8pm; Sa-Su 7am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 4.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 08/31/2003
First Reviewed: 08/31/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Lavazza parasols and a few sidewalk tables mark this mellow caf� on a quiet Castro corner. Starving-artist interior, with torn sofa upholstery, a coffee table, and even some chairs that look like castoffs from a chain hotel lobby. Sign-ups for free Internet access at a row of window-facing computers. They use Capricorn for drip coffee, but they screw up Lavazza for espresso. Very thin, congealed, dark brown crema with sizeable bubbles. Flavorwise, it tastes thin and watered-down, but with a flavor of spice - not pepper - that keeps it from entirely tasting like drip coffee. Served in a garage sale, Father's Day mug.