Pick Me Up Cafe

Overall Rating: 4.400

Address: 298 9th St.
Cross Street(s): Folsom St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.864.7425
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa 7:30am-6pm; Su 9am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 4.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Lubiana
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 02/14/2006
First Reviewed: 02/14/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

In a neighborhood of car repair joints, public storage houses, and the smell of paint thinner, this is one of the few caf�s in the area. Bright windows in front. Muffins and odd snack items. A row of long bench seating with tables indoors, and a couple of sidewalk tables outside. Using a two-group La Pavoni machine, they produce an espresso with a paltry thin layer of lighter brown crema. Filled far too high in the cup. The result tastes watery and a little ashy, with some spice-like flavors to keep the ashiness from being overbearing.