Martha & Brothers Coffee Company

Overall Rating: 6.150

Address: 3868 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Sanchez St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415.641.4433
Hours: M-F 5:30am-8pm; Sa 6am-8pm; Su 6am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Martha & Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 02/12/2004
First Reviewed: 02/12/2004
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Small but popular Noe Valley stop for bean sales and coffee to go. This is the Martha & Bros. that started it all in 1987. Sidewalk bench seating in front. Limited seating indoors: a few tables and a converted "closet," plus five window counter stools. Four-group Faema E91 Diplomat produces an unusually dark espresso that's rather bitter. Among the Martha & Bros. chain, they clearly serve one of the bitterest, least flavorful espressos. However, they do demonstrate good milk frothing skills, so what makes a poor standalone espresso makes a good cappuccino or latte when softened by milk. With a medium layer of dark brown, swirling crema and an ashy flavor. Paper cups only.