Central Coffee Tea and Spice

Overall Rating: 6.300

Address: 1696 Hayes St.
Cross Street(s): Central Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.922.2008
Hours: M-F 5:30am-9pm; Sa-Su 6am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.10
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Various
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/02/2007
First Reviewed: 01/20/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales

A typical North of the Panhandle caf´┐Ż, with a gritty interior, exotic travel photography on the walls (most of the coffee lands), and a La Spaziale machine. Except they use this three-group machine on as many as four different coffee sources in rotation (including the Beanery Coffee Company and America's Best Coffee). They can surprisingly produce a decent layer of medium brown crema, but this is the one element that is very inconsistent here - sometimes it's mere streaks of brownish bubbles. The taste is of pepper and spices, and it can vary from ashy to a better robust, pungent flavor (depends on the blend).