Farley's Coffeehouse

Overall Rating: 7.200

Address: 1315 18th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Texas & Missouri Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.648.1545
Hours: M-F 6:30am-10pm; Sa 7:30am-10pm; Su 8am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 02/03/2006
First Reviewed: 06/14/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Jack Farley, proprietor, so there's something of an Irish theme. A cubic, painted wood, warehouse-like space with magazine sales, bean sales, a dozen indoor tables, and a motley assortment of outdoor seating. Young and eclectic clientele with lots of reading and "hanging out". Espresso has a mottled, dark brown, thick crema (occasionally with heat spots) and a pungent-to-smoky flavor. Quite good, even if it doesn't quite live up to its looks - excessive pour size aside. Short on complexity (no real sweetness or depth of flavor) and body to be a great cup. This probably could be great if only they cut down on the size of the pour. That and their three-group, economy Astoria machine and cheap Delco cups aren't exactly aspirational. Knowledgeable and relatively skilled baristas. They alternate between Mr. Espresso and Sunrise Coffee Company beans. Milk-based drinks tend to be fine, but not noteworthy. They don't produce much microfoam.