Coffee Break

Overall Rating: 5.050

Address: 4601 Geary Blvd.
Cross Street(s): 10th Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Phone: 415.933.6295
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa 7am-7pm; Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Boyds Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 02/20/2006
First Reviewed: 02/20/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

A typical Richmond District caf´┐Ż - low key, cheap espresso, simple art on the walls, and many small tables. Right next door to a Russian deli at that. There are also two small outdoor tables on the corner. Using a two-group La Pavoni, they serve a moderate amount of espresso with a bare, pale crema in a rather large paper cup. But rather than being ashy or bitter (and they've been using Boyd Coffee Company beans of Portland since 2001), it has a rather smooth, mellow flavor for espresso - some mild clove touches but a mild blend of cedar and other spice-like flavors. So although it lacks potency, it has some pleasant aspects.