Matching Half Cafe

Overall Rating: 8.300


Address: 1799 McAllister St.
Cross Street(s): Baker St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.674.8699
Hours: M 7am-6pm; Tu-Th 7am-8pm; F 7am-9pm; Sa 8am-9pm; Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 9
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Citrus
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 03/19/2013
First Reviewed: 01/02/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
The former One World Cafe needed a serious upgrade by 2010, and this was it. Long gone are the beat-up furniture and odd house plants that made this space look like a medical marijuana co-op in aging neglect. The place now looks more like a sushi bar, with clean, angular lines, dark and solid colors, nicer wood floors, tall glass windows, modern photographs on the walls, and a half-dozen bar stools and several café tables (frequently packed with laptop zombies). Outside they also set up sidewalk café tables on either streetside of the corner. They also added wine to their menu here, but the coffee is the real attraction. In recent years, the coffee merchandising also amped up a bit (logo mugs, Chemex accessories, V60s). The pretty, two-group Slayer machine as you enter the space has since been replaced with a La Marzocco Strada. They also replaced their Verve Coffee supply with Sightglass (Owl's Howl) -- and sell it retail at the register. But one of the notable improvements here has been barista skills. They pull shots with a mottled darker brown, moderate layer of crema (it used to be lighter). And what was a pretty solid, albeit not exceptional, cup now comes with a bright aroma and a very potent, short shot with caramel sweetness and grapefruit citric brightness. They have always adored the citrus-driven brightness bomb here, which isn't to everyone's espresso taste. But the newest version should please those fans even more. It remains one of the few espresso shots we've ever rated anywhere with a true dominant citrus brightness to it. Served in a classic dark brown ACF cup.