Brioche Bakery

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 210 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Pacific Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.765.0412
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sa 8am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 09/01/2006
First Reviewed: 09/01/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

The Pearlina tea shop shut down and was replaced by this French bakery/caf´┐Ż. At its heart is a great artisan baker who makes extraordinary pastries and breads (and is a true artisan: no cookie cutter stuff here). This is the baker's only retail outlet, as he's supplied local restaurants for years. It's a tight space with a few indoor tables along the windows facing the sidewalk, but there are also a couple of outdoor tables and a bench. They're heavy on the Equator Estate Coffees branding. Using a two-group La Spaziale at the back, they pull espresso shots with a striped, medium brown crema - somewhat thinner in size but thicker in consistency - often with a white dot stretched across the top (they haven't perfected their brewing temperatures). It has a solid mouthfeel, and it tastes smoky - of tobacco and herbs, but just short of any ashiness or bitterness. About as good an espresso as you can expect from a French place.