|On a busy Fillmore corner lined with popular sidewalk cafe tables and parasols. Inside there are a dozen more tables and a lot of finished wood grain surfaces, giving it the look of a cheaply remodeled kitchen. Perky young, Burger-King-uniformed employees better suited for Disneyland than good coffee (they gave me the creeps), but this L.A.-based chain likely saves a bit of money given their skill level. They serve espresso with a crema that can vary from a good, even layer of medium brown to a thinner coating of lighter brown. It has a tarry/tobaccoy flavor despite its slightly ashy aroma. Good body and strong acidity from a Brasilia Portofino machine.