Mondo Caffe

Overall Rating: 7.200

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 602 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): 2nd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.882.1688
Hours: M-F 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Futurema
Coffee Rating: 6.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 12/06/2007
First Reviewed: 05/10/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Our Lady of Lavazza. Italian lunch spot is heavy on charm, good food, and short on tables. Some indoor counter and outdoor sidewalk seating. Owner/head barista, Marco, has exacting espresso standards and will toss out a cup if the pour is just a few millimeters too high (and is thus overextracted and likely bitter). But unfortunately Marco is making fewer shots than his steady, friendly crew these days. (Even if he's still the charmer at the front of the house.) The espresso here sometimes shows real character, sometimes with a chocolatey aroma. But, depending on the barista, it can vary from good aesthetics with modest flavor and crema to full, thick, dark and more robust. (Avoid mornings and ask for Marco.) Tastes slightly of pleasant spices with a hint of chocolate. [CLOSED: Archive Bar & Kitchen by 2013.]