Destination Baking Company

Overall Rating: 6.650

Address: 598 Chenery St.
Cross Street(s): Castro St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94131
Neighborhood: Glen Park
Phone: 415.469.0730
Hours: M-F 6:30am-6:30pm; Sa-Su 7am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Mountanos Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 08/06/2012
First Reviewed: 06/17/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Small, sweet-smelling corner bakery run by exceedingly friendly, and rather knowledgeable (including coffee), staff. Only three tables with most of the space devoted to baking. Ask for a ceramic cup (a large, wide-brimmed brown ACF) instead of paper - their default. Single-group La Pavoni can sometimes run cool, but the attentive staff will voluntarily discard errant pours; they take their time out of simplicity and in wanting to do it right. And they'll talk you up a good conversation while you wait. Espresso has a mild, sweet smoky flavor, a sometimes-thick but more recently thin body (one of its inconsistencies), and a moderate amount of crema across the wide top. Has the potential to be inconsistent, but interacting with the staff will ensure you get it right. Milk-frothing is weaker (fairly large, inconsistent bubbles) and generous.