Caff� Greco

Overall Rating: 7.550

Address: 423 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Vallejo & Green Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.397.6261
Hours: M-F 7am-12am; Sa-Su 7am-1am
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 9
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 06/09/2006
First Reviewed: 06/11/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Bright caf� is a North Beach classic since 1988. Many small indoor cafe tables with a lot of "Cinzano"-like print art, clean surfaces, and East-facing glass windows. A few outdoor tables along the caf� front. Espresso relies on the Illy "system" and is served in Illy logo cups out of a large, shiny La Spaziale. I've had better and worse espresso here. The flavor can vary from a little sour and slightly medicinal to something much better if you explicitly request a short pour: a fuller, robust herbal flavor. Even, dark brown crema runs a little thin. Capable of very good espresso at times, but it's inconsistent.