Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 448 Brannan St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 3rd & 4th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.904.4100
Hours: Su 5:30pm-10pm; M-Th 5:30pm-11pm; F 11:30am-12am; Sa 5:30pm-12am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Rosenthal
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 01/26/2008
First Reviewed: 09/08/2006
Notes: None

This dark, semi-swank, multi-level restaurant and night spot is big on live jazz, wine, and good food. As for the espresso, it's a mixed bag that can run from average to worse. Using a two-group Elektra Maxi, they pull a large-sized shot. And while it almost fills the cup completely, somehow they manage not to over-extract it into something watery and without crema (though, inconsistently, it can come without much of any crema). Sure, it still has an ashiness to its flavor with a bitter edge. But somehow it supports a decent layer of medium brown crema (when available). Thus the scores for this cup might not seem to match what you'd expect based on other (ashy) attributes.