Gilt Edge Creamery (aka "The Creamery")

Overall Rating: 7.950


Address: 685 4th St.
Cross Street(s): Townsend St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: China Basin
Phone: 415.896.1445
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 03/05/2013
First Reviewed: 04/23/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Most locals mistakenly presume this is a new (opening in 2009) corner café simply called "The Creamery" - based on its building signage and its product offerings. However, it is a retail operation of the Gilt Edge Creamery, a family-owned SF institution for milk, butter, eggs, and cheese since 1908. Despite the dairy operations in back, virtually no one comes in front here to order a #32 tub of sour cream: it's about breakfast, crêpes, salads, and in particular: coffee. Even if there's a hokey neon coffee sign over the entrance door. They also offer baked goods from Sweet Sue's in Brisbane. Outside in front, they have a decorative patio with wooden tables and wicker chairs when the weather, and the less-than-optimal ambiance of being kitty-corner from the CalTrain station, complies. Inside, it is darker than a goth mortuary, with a handful of tables lined around the perimiter. Using dual two-group La Marzocco GB/5 machines, and Ritual Roaster's blends, they pull espresso shots with a mottled, medium brown crema. They serve them as doubles by default, and they have a smooth texture and a blended taste profile occasionally accentuated by a sharp pungency (at other times it is more subtle or even a bit too earthy). It's body can vary from viscous without being too syrupy (a complaint some in the biz tend to have about Ritual's own operations, though we like that sort of thing) to something thinner and more 'pedestrian'. It's a decent interpretation of Ritual beans. And while they upgraded their red ceramic World Market cups for classic brown Nuova Points, more recent shots haven't been for the better.