Overall Rating: 4.600

Address: 3945 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Sanchez & Noe Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415.695.0549
Hours: Su-Th 11am-10pm; F-Sa 11am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 4.20
Aroma: 3
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 01/23/2006
First Reviewed: 01/23/2006
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Spacious "nouveau Peruvian cuisine" restaurant (part of a local chain). Using a compact two-group La Spaziale at the bar, they use pre-ground Illy beans to produce an espresso with a thin, pale yellow-orange crema (it almost looks like a Creamsickle!). They serve it in Illy designer IPA cups at a rather cool, lukewarm temperature - not surprising since I've once caught their portafilter handles cooling in the drip tray. The resulting cup has little body, little robustness, and little flavor - mostly mild spice and barely any of the typical Illy wood. Served with white and brown sugar cubes, with grounds at the bottom of the cup.