Coffee Choice

Overall Rating: 5.550


Address: 300 Third St.
Cross Street(s): Folsom St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.777.3837
Hours: M-F 5:45am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.30
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mountanos Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 03/01/2006
First Reviewed: 06/25/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Owned and staffed by Russian-accented staff, this storefront is oddly split in half between two entrances. Limited counter seating, and a sidewalk bwnch, but this is predominantly a walk-up, paper cup business. Using a three-group La Marzocco Alinea from Pacific Espresso (which replaced their old Rio), they produce an espresso with a decent crema. It's a mottled medium-to-light brown and somewhat thick (with the Rio they got a darker brown, richer, and more even crema). Tobaccoy, woody flavor with a slightly burnt edge. A surprisingly decent espresso. The improvements they have made is that the flavor is now less ashy than before. But they could make a cup with a shorter pour, more body, and a darker crema.