Progressive Grounds

Overall Rating: 4.750

Address: 400 Cortland Ave.
Cross Street(s): Bennington St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.282.6233
Hours: M-F 6:30am-9:30pm; Sa-Su 7:30am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Shenango China
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 09/20/2009
First Reviewed: 06/14/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Busy coffee house and lunch spot on a Bernal Heights corner. Ice cream, sandwiches, smoothies, and coffee - of course. A few indoor tables and sidewalk benches outside. Baristas hereised to ask how you like your espresso (big points), but not anymore. Sometimes (as on off-hours, such as the Saturday evening barista) it's a full-bodied, extra-large-sized ashy shot with a pale crema and large bubbles. The result is generally better during prime time: a shorter shot with a pale crema and a nicely balanced flavor of pepper and tobacco. But too often it's a full cup of filter drip coffee disguised as espresso under a pale layer of even crema. In recent years, they replaced their Delco cups for only paper, nut have since returned to Shenango china.