Guava & Java

Overall Rating: 3.300

Address: SFO, Terminal 1
Cross Street(s): Outside Gate 60; post-security in Boarding Area C near Gate 48
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94128
Neighborhood: SFO
Phone: None
Hours: N/A
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 2.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 4.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 0
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Metropolitan
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 06/05/2005
First Reviewed: 06/05/2005
Notes: None

A juice, wrap, and coffee bar found in some airports. They may use a three-group La Cimbali, but they leave the portafilter handles stored cold outside the machine - and they serve Metropolitan coffee. Two very disturbing signs. The resulting espresso has absolutely no crema but some odd surface splotches that make you think "Valdez oil spill". It has a flavor of ash and tobacco, but they managed to produce a por small enough to avoid being nasty. Here's an example of what should have been a terrible espresso that is somewhat saved just by producing a proper serving size.