Overall Rating: 4.700

Address: 3465 California St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Laurel & Locust Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Laurel Heights
Phone: 415.876.7777
Hours: M-Sa 8am-9pm; Su 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 4.40
Aroma: 3
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 3
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Syracuse
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 02/08/2007
First Reviewed: 02/08/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

'Rigalo' means 'a little funny' in French. By that standard, the espresso here is pretty hilarious. In the Laurel Village, this French-themed caf� has a long interior with numerous tables, plus several classic caf� tables in front. They serve soups, salads, sandwiches...and proudly pronounce their coffee as "organic fair trade" (Equator). Using an older, two-group La San Marco machine, they pull an immense shot with a stale, ashy aroma and a very thin, pale crema that dissipates quickly. Compared with the Equator beans used up the block at Cafe Lo Cubano, it's like night-and-day. Here the espresso is overextracted - but its thinner body shows more tobacco and ash than it does a diluted mild spice. Served in colorful yellow large demitasses.