La Provence

Overall Rating: 3.500

Address: 1001 Guerrero St.
Cross Street(s): 22nd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.643.4333
Hours: Tu-F 5:30pm-11pm; Sa-Su 10am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Carimali
Coffee Rating: 2.80
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 1
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: IKEA
Price: $2.95
Last Update: 09/09/2006
First Reviewed: 09/09/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Serving good Provence cuisine, this corner restaurant embodies much of what's wrong with restaurant espresso. Using a two-group La Caramali, this expensive shot is watery looking with fast-fading specks of crema along the top. It has an ashy odor and a watery ash flavor with some tobacco. However, it's too watered down to be overtly bitter. The gall of a place like this charging $3 for these results is insulting - especially with Ritual Roasters just a couple blocks away. Servied with a powdery grit at the bottom of their IKEA Bangladesh cups.