Sundance Coffee

Overall Rating: 7.000

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

Address: 3000 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Harrison St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.824.1706
Hours: M-Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Schaerer
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Sundance Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 07/21/2007
First Reviewed: 07/21/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This second outlet of the locally owned and operated café chain opened with the 2007 New Year. It's spacious, clean, and (like the original) has a Starbucks-like modern design. One of the things I really like about this stretch of 24th St. is that it has the cultural significance of Mission St. without the urine smell. But a store this 'sanitized' might earn grumbles from the anti-gentrification set if not for their political leanings. There's window counter seating, seating at a few indoor tables, and a couple of outdoor sidewalk tables. The company was founded on the belief that Fair Trade Organics are the future of American coffee purchases (they're big believers in Guatemalan-sourced FTO coffees), and I don't disagree. But you could make the case that FTO will be co-opted as the future of Starbucks, which is perhaps not what the owners intended here. All that attention to FTO seems to have distracted them on the coffee quality, as their choice of a single-group superautomatic Schaerer machine ensures a glass ceiling. The resulting cup has a blonde layer of crema of medium-to-light thickness. The cup has a creamier mouthfeel, but it tastes of smoky tobacco and ash. Despite its slightly large volume, it has enough body to keep it in the espresso realm. [CLOSED: without notice in 2010. To be replaced by a second installment of Cafe Bello.]