Notes from Underground

Overall Rating: 3.350

Address: 2399 Van Ness Ave.
Cross Street(s): Green St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Phone: 415.776.7638
Hours: M-F 7am-8pm; Sa-Su 7:30am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 5
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 2.50
Aroma: 2
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 2
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Capricorn Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/11/2006
First Reviewed: 03/11/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This location is a Starbucks' dream. Generally upscale clientele at the edge of Russian Hill come here for a neighborhood caf´┐Ż with low standards. It's popular with the locals, but there's not a lot of competition. A couple of sidewalk tables out front along Van Ness. Typical colored chalkboard menu. As an art space, however, it has some interesting paintings, jazz music choices, and a reading library among many indoor tables. Using a two-group La Spaziale, the pull espresso shots with a super pale, very thin crema. Tasting drenched and drowned in water and ashiness, you'll wonder if the SFFD came through and put a fire out in your cup.