House of Coffee

Overall Rating: 6.900

Address: 1618 Noriega St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 23rd & 24th Aves.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Phone: 415.681.9363
Hours: M-Sa 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: House of Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.20
Last Update: 02/20/2006
First Reviewed: 02/20/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Henry Kalebjian and his family run a chain of three coffee houses on the Peninsula (SF, Burlingame, and San Mateo), and he's been roasting at this location for some 40 years. Walk up during the morning, and chances are you will be greeted by the smell of roasting coffee from their San Franciscan roaster. In fact, you'll smell it well down the street. There's a beat up table out front and several indoor tables and chairs. The interior walls are covered with roasted beans, coffee cups, grinders, machines, Nutella, European biscuits, and various other things available for purchase. While they use a two-group La Spaziale and serve only in paper cups, they serve a properly short shot with a great dark brown crema of decent thickness. Flavorwise, it doesn't quite live up to its looks; it has a deep, dark smoky flavor with just a touch of an ashy aftertaste - and barely any sweetness. Still, it's a notable espresso for the many things they do right.