A. Cavalli & Co.

Overall Rating: 6.600


Address: 1441 Stockton St.
Cross Street(s): Columbus Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.421.4219
Hours: M-Sa 9am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Bookstore
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Unknown
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Danesi Caffè
Cup Manufacturer: Danesi Caffè
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 12/17/2007
First Reviewed: 12/17/2007
Notes: Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
This Italian bookstore and import store has been a long-time favorite of mine. It opened in 1880 and has changed owners a few times, but in Fall 2007 it added espresso bar service. They sell Italian language books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, and T-shirts - in addition to various moka pots, Danesi coffee, and some basic pastries from a nearby supplier. There are a few small tables with chairs to sit down and relax with a cup. The new espresso bar behind the counter consists of a two-group semi-automatic machine private-labeled by Danesi, and with it they pull modestly sized shots with a thin layer of dark-to-medium-brown crema. It has a mild herbal flavor, but it's relatively weak and thin for what we've been able to get out of Danesi beans at home. There's no chocolate in its aroma or flavor, for example. They should be capable of more with system tuning and/or practice. Served in Danesi logo designer cups.