Higher Grounds Coffee House

Overall Rating: 7.050

Address: 691 Chenery St.
Cross Street(s): Diamond St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94131
Neighborhood: Glen Park
Phone: 415.587.2933
Hours: M-F 7:30am-9pm; Sa-Su 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/18/2008
First Reviewed: 06/08/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Dark, woody, grungy creperie/coffee house with a half dozen indoor tables, coffee sacks covering the ceiling, and a single outdoor table. Manhal runs the small space with a very casual atmosphere and music on some weekends. Quirky barista is thorough and deliberate, taking the necessary time for espresso pours. They use Graffeo for espresso and Capricorn for drip. Full, even crema that's a darker brown, lacks perceptible bubbles, and persists. (It occasionally has a white "heat" dot.) Dark, rich espresso that tastes of nutmeg and spice.