Cup

Overall Rating: 7.700


Address: 6 Monterey Blvd.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Diamond St. & Joost Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94131
Neighborhood: Glen Park
Phone: 415.508.9537
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm; Sa-Su 7am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 07/30/2011
First Reviewed: 07/30/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Opening in July 2011, this new coffeehouse expands Glen Park's neighborhood coffee offerings. It's located a little off the beaten path, nearest a freeway exit from the Glen Park BART station. Outside they have a couple of sidewalk tables. Inside is a modern, semi-sterile interior of orange and gray walls and exposed chrome and stainless steel. They proudly display the bios and details of their suppliers on the walls, from Mr. Espresso coffee to the two-group, chrome Faema E61 machine to the Grass Valley artist who made the Cup sculpture that overhangs the shop's entrance outside. They also sell Mr. Espresso coffee with the Cup label slapped on. Using their coffee and shiny E61 (and Mazzer and Macap grinders), they pull a very short shot with a potent, darker brown crema. It's surprisingly not syrupy, given the pour size. It's actually a little ballzy to make an espresso this short in this neighborhood. It has a potent herbal flavor of cloves, etc., that's missing a little top-end brightness in the cup. Their milk-frothing is decorative but unusual and on the thick side. Maybe it isn't as unique as having a Cafe Bello, but they make a good espresso.