Mam� Art Cafe

Overall Rating: 5.700

Address: 4754 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Ocean & Russia Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94112
Neighborhood: Excelsior
Phone: 415.586.8453
Hours: M-W, F 6am-6pm; Th 6am-10pm; Sa-Su 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Uncommon Grounds
Cup Manufacturer: Buffalo
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 05/19/2006
First Reviewed: 05/19/2006
Notes: None

Opening in May 2004, this is something of an unusual find for the Lower Mission/Excelsior area. This caf� is a calm and relaxing environment with quiet patrons. There are collages of photographs on the walls, and most everything is painted in bright pastel colors. Inside there's a leather sofa, unique tables and chairs, and a piano, plus the odd rack for selling Mexican spices. I'm not too impressed with the barista, who didn't know what beans they used despite a sign posting Uncommon Grounds on the counter. Using a two-group Faema, they pull a very large shot espresso with a very modest, pale crema that just completely covers the surface. The resulting cup is light on impact, but it is smooth and has a mellow flavor of spice and herbs. They also feature live music on Thursday nights 7:30pm-10pm.