Horatius

Overall Rating: 7.700


Address: 350 Kansas St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 16th & 17th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.252.3500
Hours: M-Sa 8am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 10/23/2009
First Reviewed: 10/23/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Opening in early 2009, this is an unusual space in that most people cannot make it out: Is it a café? Is it an event space? Is it a restaurant? Is it a wine bar? It's all of the above inside an old, long, barn-like structure across from the diploma-factory California Culinary Academy across the street. There's some sidewalk seating in front of the space with more of a café space just inside - with flat-panel TV screens overhead, Portuguese cookbooks for sale, and a bit of Ritual coffee on display. In the back, past the wine bar at the side and near the food and pottery items, is a space that is used as a Portuguese restaurant at night with projection movies. Ritual not only roasts their coffee, but they even custom farm-source some of their custom blend coffee. When we visited, they were pulling single-origin espresso shots from Matalapa La Sidra, La Libertad, El Salvador from their three-group Linea. The resulting espresso has a good, sharp depth. While not as robust as what you might get directly from a Ritual Coffee Roasters café, it still has a bit of personality in the cup as a sharper, clearly Central American shot with more of a turpeny base. Served in wide ACF cups. Back in their restaurant, they serve espresso and offer a coffee menu highlighting three different farms as French press coffees ($4 for a small pot, $8 for a large). Credit is due for taking their coffee seriously here.