Muddy Waters Coffee House

Overall Rating: 3.950

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

Address: 78 29th St.
Cross Street(s): Tiffany St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.970.2233
Hours: M-Th 6am-10pm; F 6am-11pm; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 3.40
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 02/05/2005
First Reviewed: 02/05/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Newer corner café among the newer lower Mission condos. This recent outlet of the Muddy Waters chain has one outdoor table on 29th St. and a few indoor tables. Generally untrained staff do not know who supplies their beans, and they regularly wash the portafilter handles in cold water. Using a two-group La Spaziale, they produce an espresso with a thin layer of light-to-medium brown crema with large bubbles. It has a watered-down, ashy, drip-coffee flavor with a characteristic overextracted bitterness. Muddy waters indeed. [CLOSED: Cafe Seventy8 since 2008.]