Stable Café

Overall Rating: 7.600


Address: 2128 Folsom St.
Cross Street(s): 17th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.552.1199
Hours: M-F 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: De La Paz Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 05/06/2009
First Reviewed: 05/06/2009
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This small, cubic space is quite literally a large horse stable. There's a single metal sidewalk table in front, limited bench and table seating inside on the right, and a stairway leading above the service counter to a few tables above. But it's an open air space that's very barn-like, with exposed studs on unfinished wood walls, worn untreated wood floors. They offer salads, sandwiches, soup, and coffee (even yerba maté) from a paper menu stuck to the wall, and the staff will sometimes call you "boss". The clientele is an odd mix of area slackers, artists, and older blue-collar laborers. Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea and De La Paz beans, the barista makes a patient shot. It has a mottled medium and darker brown spotted crema, albeit less than 2mm. They serve it as a double-sized shot. And despite a lack of richness in its crema, body, or flavor, it comes off fresh and with a hint of sweetness that becomes more of a potent caramel sweetness at the bottom of their classic brown ACF cups. With a simple, straightforward flavor of spice and subtle herbs.