Liberty Cafe & Bakery

Overall Rating: 6.450

Address: 410 Cortland Ave.
Cross Street(s): Wool St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.695.8777
Hours: Tu-Su 7:30am-2pm; Th-Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Very inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Tognana
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 03/10/2006
First Reviewed: 06/13/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

A simple, casual restaurant accompanied by a cottage in the back that is baked goods and coffee by day, candles and wine sippers by night. The restaurant has several clothed tables indoors among a small, intimate space with wood floors. The cottage has a woody interior accompanied by a few tables and stools at the open kitchen and a little outdoor seating beneath Lavazza parasols. They serve espresso with a mellow, subtle flavor with peppery undertones and a pale (though sometimes mottled and darker brown), moderately thick crema. Served in Lavazza-branded Tognana cups with a brown sugar cube, and sometimes a pointless lemon rind, on the side. Can vary greatly in volume - from 1.5oz to 3oz - and commensurately in quality - from very good restaurant espresso to little more than drip coffee. Oddly, the espresso they serve in the cottage tends to be notably better than what they serve in the restaurant. The good news is that the quality, while still inconsistent, has shown signs of improvement in crema (thicker, darker), body (more of it), and flavor (bolder and more complex) - in part due to a more proper, short serving size.