Stanza Coffee & Wine Bar

Overall Rating: 7.700

Address: 1673 Haight St.
Cross Street(s): Cole St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Upper Haight
Phone: 415.529.1592
Hours: M-F 7am-8pm; Sa-Su 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Intelligentsia
Cup Manufacturer: notNeutral
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 03/24/2014
First Reviewed: 03/24/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This Stanza location is a small space along Haight St. with dark raspberry walls, dark wood, beat-up upholstered black chairs, and tables converted from barrels in front. Further back past the short service counter is an almost diner-like lunch counter where laptop zombies crouch over electrical outlets. They offer a rotation of Counter Culture Coffee and Intelligentsia, and on our visit they pulled espresso shots from Black Cat beans. They also have a few Hario V60s for pour-overs. Using a white, two-group La Marzocco FB/80 at the bar, their Black Cat shots came with a medium brown, very even crema. While it smells like it might be a brightness bomb, it pleasantly (and not surprisingly) is not: a softer Black Cat flavor of some mild spices and some herbalness in a rounded balance. Not the most flavorful or outstanding espresso in town by any stretch of the imagination -- despite some occasional local opinions -- but it's decent. Served with short glass of still water on the side of their white notNeutral cups.