Flywheel Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 7.650


Address: 672 Stanyan St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Page & Haight Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Upper Haight
Phone: 415.682.4023
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa-Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Flywheel Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Espresso Parts
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 03/24/2014
First Reviewed: 03/24/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Located in a large, tall space adjacent to a Whole Foods parking lot. Opening in April 2012, they added to the growing coffee legitimacy of the Upper Haight by roasting their own beans (using a Portuguese Joper Roaster in the back). The space has a sunny entrance with tall windows facing West over Stanyan St. Inside there is counter seating along the windows, simple stool seating at taller tables, and several other tables indoors. Out back there's something of an enclosed deck that's exposed to a little bit of the occasional outdoor breeze. Up wooden stairs is a low-ceiling space with a bit of coffee roasting supply storage. The laptop zombie quotient is on the high side, giving it a rather cavernous, library-like feel. They offer Japanese slow-drip cold brew drippers ($4), syphon-brewed coffee ($5), Hario V60 pour-overs, and a new three-group Faema Enova for espresso drinks. They pull shots with a mottled medium brown crema of some coagulated thickness. It tastes of cloves and other, deeper herbal pungency without much spice nor tobacco: it's actually a rather narrow, limited flavor profile with little roundedness. (This perhaps reflects their usual choice of single origin coffees from Colombia, Kenya, Ethiopia, etc.) Served in black Espresso Parts cups with a short glass of mineral water on the side.