Zephyr Espresso Caffe and Art Gallery

Overall Rating: 3.850

Address: 3643 Balboa St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 37th & 38th Aves.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94121
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Phone: 415.221.6063
Hours: M-F 7am-11pm; Sa-Su 8am-11pm
Type of Establishment: No Value
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Crem Aparatos Caf� Exprex (CREM)
Coffee Rating: 3.20
Aroma: 3
Body: 2
Brightness: 3
Crema: 5
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 05/28/2006
First Reviewed: 05/28/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Across the Balboa Theater, this cavernous caf� and art gallery was managed by the same owners from 1994 until being sold to its current owners in 2004. The new owners, like the previous ones, are a bit cagey with their customers and seem ultra-suspicious of potential freeloaders; there are signs for minimum orders to use their WiFi, the bathrooms are locked, etc. Part of the reason is because this location caters heavily to nearby SFSU students. However, there's a very large base of Asian-American locals who frequent the place - playing cards, reading, etc. Besides the gallery space, there's also a large room in back where a mannequin in sunglasses on an upper level stares down at you. They sell a variety of exquisite Asian teapots and hand-painted coffee mugs. Using a newer, Spanish-manufactured, Mr. Espresso-supplied, three-group CREM, they pull espresso shots with a whisp of a dark-to-medium brown swirl of crema. The resulting cup has almost no body and is almost tasteless - save for the faintest hint of mild spice and sawdust. Truly a waste of Mr. Espresso coffee and equipment (and I'm sure Mr. Espresso has their hands full trying to convince them of their need for improvements). Served in classic brown ACF cups.