Axis Cafe

Overall Rating: 7.150

Address: 1201 8th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 16th & Irwin Sts. on 8th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.437.2947
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Iberital
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 08/10/2006
First Reviewed: 08/10/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This "living room" environment on the north end of Potrero Hill has a large space with modern seating indoors. They also have a large, private patio in back with many tables and large sun umbrellas. Using a Mr. Espresso-supplied three-group Iberital, they pull espresso shots with a thicker medium brown crema into black ceramic designer cups. It surprisingly has a thinner body than the crema might suggest, and there's something of a watered-down edge to the otherwise spice-and-herbal flavor. A good neighborhood espresso in a nice space (when you can catch it open during weekday hours). With some fine tuning in pulling the shots (they did ask if I wanted a 'short' shot at least) and keeping the extraction low, they have the potential for some greatness. They also tend to serve a rather ample amount of coffee ground grit at bottom of the cup, however.