Fida's Cafe

Overall Rating: 3.400

Address: 350? California St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Battery & Sansome Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.362.1345
Hours: M-F 6:30am-3:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 5
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 3.00
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 2
Crema: 3
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 08/24/2004
First Reviewed: 08/24/2004
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Small deli/cafe with several indoor cafe tables and a Middle Eastern bent. The owner exhibits some good skills with their two-group Faema by steaming cups and ensuring clean equipment. He uses a light tamp and pre-grinds the coffee, however. They serve espresso very(too) hot, triple size in large paper cup, with a very pale ring of crema. Good ingredients, equipment, and technique combine to make a surprisingly poor cup with drip-coffee-like flavor and results.