Tosca Cafe

Overall Rating: 4.250

Address: 242 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Pacific & Broadway Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.986.9651
Hours: Tu-Su 5pm-2am
Type of Establishment: Bar
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 3
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Victoria Arduino
Coffee Rating: 4.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 0
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Unknown
Cup Manufacturer: Glass
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 02/19/2004
First Reviewed: 02/19/2004
Notes: None

Red upholstered booths and chairs decorate this cash only watering hole. With its old school jukebox (rated one of the best in the city) heavy on the Sinatra set, the bar serves espresso out of a monstrous Victoria Arduino tower. The machine is used mostly for making the house "cappuccino" - a mixture of brandy and hot chocolate. The bartender admits how very bitter their espresso comes out, and they produce a dark, full glass of the stuff without any crema. Served hot and with an ashy flavor, but not as bitter as the bartender suggests. Some sediment at the bottom of the glass.