Java Beach Cafe

Overall Rating: 4.400

Address: 1396 La Playa St.
Cross Street(s): At the end of Judah St. & The Great Highway
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Phone: 415.665.5282
Hours: M-F 5:30am-11pm; Sa-Su 6am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Capricorn Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 05/28/2006
First Reviewed: 05/28/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

When you get out to the fringes of SF, you often places that don't seem like part of the city. This odd mix of an Irish pub and beach caf´┐Ż across the street from public Ocean Beach bathrooms, at the Muni N Judah turnabout, is a good example. Popular with the beach and surf set, it has an almost SoCal feel - even if the weather feels like SoCal for only a couple of weeks out of the year. Packed with an outdoorsy crowd from the bar and several tables inside to the sidewalk patio seating outdoors (tables, benches). Some even sit across La Playa on the benches in the small garden nearby. They heavily brand their use of organic coffees, and they recently (Spring 2006) added some smaller, ceramic espresso cups (even if they are cheap Tuxton cups). Using a three-group La Spaziale, they pull an espresso with a ring of medium brown crema around a bare center. It also has a strong ashy aroma and flavor. A 'typical' California beach espresso, meaning: pass on it.