Royal Ground Coffee

Overall Rating: 4.300

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

Address: 2060 Fillmore St.
Cross Street(s): California St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhood: Fillmore
Phone: 415.567.8822
Hours: M-Su 6:30am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Promac
Coffee Rating: 3.80
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 12/15/2006
First Reviewed: 06/18/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Rough around the edges with a dozen indoor tables and some sidewalk seating. Views of the laundromat next door. Clientele spend most of their time online, addicted to free WiFi. Overextracted, hence an overflowing cup served bitter, somewhat ashy, and with almost no crema. One barista here thought he was doing me a favor by "not leaving room for cream." Peppery flavor with a hint of sweetness and pine. They more recently replaced their La Spaziale machine with a three-group Promac, but the result is the same. This is really drip coffee made with a far more expensive setup. [CLOSED: as of 2013.]