Overall Rating: 5.000

Address: 303 2nd St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Folsom & Harrison Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.543.2928
Hours: Su 5:30pm-9pm; M 11:30am-9pm; Tu-F 11:30am-10pm; Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 03/21/2008
First Reviewed: 02/02/2006
Notes: None

Higher-end, nuevo Mexican export from New York City. They offer Mexican alcohol/espresso drinks. A little top-shelf tequila from the bar might help, as their regular espresso lacks much. Using a two-group La Pavoni machine in the kitchen (with one of the groups continually out-of-order), they pull an espresso shot that can vary from large to a medium size. Either way, there's typically scant evidence of any crema. Flavorwise, it's Illy: mild spices and some woodiness. But when they pull long shots it can be quite watery and diluted. Overall, the inconsistency varies from a poor espresso to a barely acceptable one.