Jane on Fillmore

Overall Rating: 8.250


Address: 2123 Fillmore St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Sacramento & California Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhood: Fillmore
Phone: 415.931.5263
Hours: M-Su 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.30
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 9
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Espresso Parts
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/24/2013
First Reviewed: 04/19/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
Opening in 2011, Jane took over the former Bittersweet space and changed a few things with the design. There's an area dedicated to baking and baked goods in the back. There's still limited seating upstairs, now just above a mounted buffalo head with an SF Giants cap. Otherwise it has retained its sunny glass storefront, several café tables and chairs, and added a large mirror behind the service area. They formerly served Four Barrel beans but have since switched to Stumptown (and sell the beans retail, along with Baratza grinders and Kalita drippers). They serve Hairbender and a single origin espresso option (Costa Rica Valle de Los Santos at our time of visit). Plus Chemex offerings of Panama Duncan Estate and Ethiopia Nano Challa in multiple grinders, and a drip/brew bar with a scale and dueling Baratza Virtuoso grinders. Using a red, two-group La Marzocco FB/80, they pull shots with a darker to medium brown, even crema of decent thickness and density. The cup is no Hairbender brightness bomb, but rather a mellower yet full-flavored soft melding of cocoa powder and a melding of spice and herbal elements. Served in EspressoParts black cups (and a mismatched ACF saucer). Their milk-frothing shows decorative latte art and even bubbles, however the foam is of minimal thickness and the resulting cup is more than a little milky with little integration between the foam and the espresso. Unless you like your caps closer to a café au lait, the espresso is the star here.