Cafe Los Olvidados

Overall Rating: 5.850

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 2944 16th St.
Cross Street(s): Capp St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.255.9722
Hours: Su-Sa 10am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Crem Aparatos Café Exprex (CREM)
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 08/26/2006
First Reviewed: 08/26/2006
Notes: None

This small cubbyhole was formerly known as Gaudi (as indicated on their main blackboard menu) and also as Chile Lindo (on the decaying Coca-Cola sign outside), but it changed names and owners in July 2006 to Spanish for "The Forgotten Ones" (appropriate, given how easy it is to miss this place). (The name also suggests a famous 1950 Luis Buńuel neorealist movie set in Mexico City.) The woman proprietor is Mexican, and her male partner is Spanish - which explains the cortado (a Barcelona macchiato) and cafe con leche (Andalusian latte) on the drink menu. Using an old dual-group Mr. Espresso CREM, they pull espresso shots with a thinner layer of medium brown crema of a decent substance. Perhaps surprisingly, the shot is short, potent and better than most places that look far nicer - despite their exclusive use of paper cups, the "be back in 5 min." informality, and the tendency to find the place with their portafilters out of the group heads. Despite the aesthetic merits of their espresso shots, the flavor doesn't quite live up to expectation - it's a little smokey and lacks a punch - but it's still pretty good. They also use only Fair Trade and organic coffee. The hours can be erratic, but any place open at 8pm on a Saturday night on this block is a find. [CLOSED]