Arlequin Food to Go

Overall Rating: 6.450

Address: 384 Hayes St.
Cross Street(s): Gough St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Phone: 415.626.1211
Hours: M-F 8am-7pm; Sa 9am-7pm; Su 9am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Albalite
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 11/19/2005
First Reviewed: 11/19/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Busy breakfast and sandwich spot with occasional live performances wedged into this tight space. Next door to its wine merchant namesake, this caf� has generally long ordering lines (far too long for just coffee - and what's with the credit card purchases?). There's a curved metal window counter with stool seating, a few indoor tables, and two metal sidewalk tables in front. Using a two-group La Pavoni, they pull an espresso with a thin, dark crema that coats the surface in patches. But they pour it appropriately short, so it has a good body and a surprisingly decent flavor that's primarily of an herbal pungency. Perhaps this is the result of Mr. Espresso training? Surprising, because otherwise this caf� subscribes to the "French coffee is good" fallacy: French posters, lattes with your choice of milk the size of dog bowls, etc. Unlike French caf�s that have historically used the lower-grade robusta beans from former SE Asian French colonies, the coffee here is definitely Arabica and not bitter.