Caf� Tartine

Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 244 Gough St.
Cross Street(s): Fell St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Phone: 415.553.4595
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm; Sa 8am-4:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Azkoyen
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 3
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Thanksgiving Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 04/05/2007
First Reviewed: 05/30/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Quaint French caf� located in a scruffier part of town where quality espresso is hard to come by. French-accented staff serve coffee and light French fare with a few indoor & outdoor tables and benches. Attention to asthetics and coffee politics. In recent years, they replaced their two-group Elektra machine with a bizarre dual-group Azkoyen Bravo. Its result has a thin, pale-ish crema. it's an overly generous pour with a generally smooth, somewhat watered-down flavor of cloves and spice. In recent years they replaced their designer Illy IPA cups with classic brown Nuova Point cups. This is one place that, while still popular, the move-in of nearby Blue Bottle coincided with a dumbing down of their espresso.