Ajatea Café

Overall Rating: 6.700

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 835 Geary St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Larkin & Hyde Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.928.5888
Hours: M-Th 6:30am-4:30pm; F-Sa 6:30am-8pm; Su 6:30am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Iberital
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Wedgewood
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 12/09/2005
First Reviewed: 12/09/2005
Notes: Outdoor Seating

A cleaned up and brightened replacement on the site of the former Cafe Melroy. Instead of dark rooms with a garage sale collection of odd furnishings, owner Katie Morales has created a bright space with a cleanliness unseen in the neighborhood ... complimented only by her sweet, passive, motherly Latina presence. This is still a small café across a Goodwill, so they often cater to the damaged and addicted Tenderloin locals. A few small indoor tables and several set out on the sidewalk to catch the action. There's also a nightly performance calendar. Recent trainees from the Mr. Espresso school, the staff methodically use the brand-new equipment (a two-group Mr. Espresso Iberital) to produce an espresso of an overflowing size. And yet, rather than tasting wholly overextracted, watery, and bitter, they manage to produce a more a mellow double. The cup is flavorful, with a toothsome pungency of herbs. And if you ask to have it "for here", they will serve it in some of the most delicate Wedgewood cups you'll find anywhere. [CLOSED by 2011]