Emma's Coffeehouse

Overall Rating: 6.050

Address: 1901 Hayes St.
Cross Street(s): Ashbury St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.221.3378
Hours: M-F 6am-8pm; Sa 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 7
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 06/16/2008
First Reviewed: 10/27/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Typical North-of-the-Panhandle caf´┐Ż with little foot traffic, quiet space, many indoor tables, and Internet access. There's even an upper-level "study" floor that fits only two small tables against the upper front windows. One sidewalk table outside. They have a bit of Lavazza branding: cups, former signage, and they carry their beans for espresso use. Their drip and for-sale coffee is from Capricorn, however. The Northern European-accented owner pulls overfull shots from a two-group La Spaziale, even if you ask her for a short shot. The result isn't outrageously big, but it's watery. Which is unfortunate, because it looks like a good cup - with a good aroma, a dark brown, congealed crema, and a pungent/dark herbal flavor. Served in Lazazza-logo Le Porcellane d'ANCAP and IPA cups. The milk-frothing here is decent, though not great - it's enough to make their milk-based drinks worth it at the top of the drinks, but they get watery at the bottom.