Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 4288 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Diamond & Douglass Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415.821.7652
Hours: M-Su 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Futurema
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 08/11/2011
First Reviewed: 03/12/2004
Notes: None

This Noe Valley institution of a restaurant still plugs along despite all the food and restaurant trends that surround it. It's a casual restaurant with a down-to-earth feel of exposed wood and subtle lighting. With a California menu to match. Using an old two-group Futurema in the back, the staff here exhibit deliberate barista skills - pre-heating cups, being meticulous about their tamping, etc. They pull shots of Ritual Coffee with a mottled, not terribly thick surface of lighter and darker brown crema. It has an earthy flavor, isn't overly bright, and its flavor sustains for a while. Not consistent yet, but significantly improved over the years.