Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 842 Valencia St.
Cross Street(s): 20th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.282.8283
Hours: Su-Th 5:30pm-10pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Churchill
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 10/03/2011
First Reviewed: 12/19/2005
Notes: None

Loud, hip restaurant recently replaced Timo's in 2005. Good food - which is more than We could say for their espresso for their first few years. Using a two-group Elektra and Graffeo beans, they produced a sadly thin ring of pale crema. Flavorwise, it tasted of wood and mild spices ... diluted in gallons of water. (A high price to pay for good materials but apparently zero staff training.) by 2011, they got their act together using Sightglass coffee, they now pull shots with a potent aroma and healthy-looking mottled medium brown crema. It's shocklingly dark and body-driven for the normally auperbright Sightglass coffee. With a brighter herbal flavor. Much improved.