Grove Fillmore, The

Overall Rating: 7.200

Address: 2016 Fillmore St.
Cross Street(s): Pine St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhood: Fillmore
Phone: 415.474.1419
Hours: M-F 7am-11pm; Sa-Su 8am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 8
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Vanilla-like
Coffee Beans: Jeremiah's Pick Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Syracuse
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 11/11/2009
First Reviewed: 06/18/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Casual, homey, Latino owned and run breakfast caf´┐Ż with the interior look of a rustic hunting lodge - minus the moose heads. Faux fireplace, chess players, baked goods, and even an occasional patron knitting. Shady, woody interior with limited outdoor seating. The barista takes the necessary time with the pour from a three-group Rancilio -- serving espresso with a dark brown, mottled crema. The crema is denser - with lipids suspended in it - and it avoids being too thin despite being stretched over a wider-brimmed cup. A rich, smooth flavor suggests spiced vanilla. Surprisingly good and definitely recommended. Their milk-frothing is adequate: not very thick, but they produce modest microfoam. In recent years they started offering "Exotic Coffees by the Pot": not quite single-origin pedigree coffee, but geographically distinctive blends.