|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.