Fiore Caffé

Overall Rating: 7.450


Address: 3599 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Guerrero St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.642.4822
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa-Su 8am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 05/20/2011
First Reviewed: 05/20/2011
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Mission residents are enthralled that they finally host a decent coffee shop that doesn't require disinfectant. Opening in 2011, this corner café has bright, large windows and decorative touches: wooden counter seating in front, a converted salon room in back with a marble fireplace, a decorative sofa, and ornamental flowers. Also towards the back is a handful of square tables and the occasional laptop squatter. There's also a few wooden sidewalk chairs out front. Using a red, two-group Rancillio at the front counter, they pull shots of espresso with an even, textured crema of modest thickness. Pulling (typically stale) Lavazza coffee, there is some notable freshness missing in the cup: the crema runs short and the flavor profile runs more narrow. That said, the owner/barista is methodical and improves what would otherwise be a weaker cup. It has an herbal pungency that differs from a typical Lavazza shot in this city, but it's not necessarily that much better. Less of the distinctive Lavazza flavor and a bit more smoke and toast. Served in Lavazza-logo IPA cups.