Kan Zaman

Overall Rating: 4.050

Address: 1793 Haight St.
Cross Street(s): Schrader St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Upper Haight
Phone: 415.751.9656
Hours: M-Th 5pm-12am; F 5pm-2am; Sa 12pm-2am; Su 12pm-12am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 3.30
Aroma: 2
Body: 6
Brightness: 4
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Unknown
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 08/12/2006
First Reviewed: 08/12/2006
Notes: None

Middle Eastern bar/caf´┐Ż/lounge with weekend bellydancing that packs in the tourists (it's best to avoid weekend nights). Dark interior, floor seating at pillows and low tables - in addition to traditional table seating. I've been going here for over ten years now, and the espresso hasn't changed any for the better. But then the spiced Arabic coffee (cardamom, etc.) is the main attraction. They use packaged beans from Egypt (and otherwise unknown origin). Their red espresso machine at the bar has dual Faema E61 group heads, and with it they pull a sickly looking espresso with a thin, medium brown crema with larger bubbles in it. It has an ashy flavor - as if the machine hasn't been serviced since Saladin. Stick to the Arabic coffee.