Mission Beach Cafe

Overall Rating: 6.700


Address: 198 Guerrero St.
Cross Street(s): 14th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.861.0198
Hours: M 7am-3pm; Tu-Th 7am-10pm; F 7am-11pm; Sa 8am-11pm; Su 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 06/14/2008
First Reviewed: 06/14/2008
Notes: None

Review
This corner restaurant and pastry shop/coffee bar opened in early 2007. It has several indoor dining tables in a simple square space. There's also counter seating along the Guerrero St. windows, closer to the café setup at the register. Wood-beamed ceilings and photos of industrial atrocities decorate the walls. The restaurant itself is far from inexpensive (all the entrées cost over $20), but the place is an interesting mix - what you get is a restaurant that has to live in the daytime by decent coffee and pastry service (and pies, though not to be confused with Mission Pie). Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull very short shots (less than an ounce) with a rather thin layer of even, medium brown crema. Because of its size, the flavor is concentrated to being a bit pungent and sharp. It's almost medicinal to the tongue with some cloves and some tarry tobacco notes. But surprising for its small size, the body isn't that weighty or syrupy. For their dining service, they serve shots in small brown ceramic cups with no handles on matching serving trays. And yes, they use Blue Bottle Coffee. While it is the further commoditization of Blue Bottle beans, it's a great thing to be commoditized. Except here they don't have much to show for what goes into their coffee service.