Sightglass

Overall Rating: 7.950


Address: 3014 20th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Florida & Alabama Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.641.1043
Hours: M-Sa 7am-7pm; Su 8am-7pm
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: 8.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 09/12/2014
First Reviewed: 09/12/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Some call this neighborhood the eastern Mission, but avenues with the names of states always say "Potrero Hill" to us. This 1,200-square-foot retail space and small roasting operation of Sightglass opened in Feb. 2014. There's outdoor sidewalk bench seating in front and a narrow wall of merchandising (coffee and brewing equipment) as you walk in the door. While a much smaller space than the Sightglass mothership, it has a tall, airy ceiling (with a bit of reclaimed wood), an old-style white-and-black tile floor, four mounted counter tables with a mix of booth and stool seating, and walls decorated with roasted coffee bags. In one corner is a 1960's-era 5-kg Probat they discovered in South Africa for exclusive roasts that they perform for this location only. They have a "single origin bar" here for that. Using dueling two-group La Marzocco Strada machines, they pull shots with an even medium brown crema with a little miniature speckling. We reviewed the Jerboa's Jump Espresso blend here -- one of the location's specialties -- rather than the single origin of the day. It has a fruity aroma, but it lacks the strong acidity in the cup you come to expect from Sightglass' sledgehammer roasting and flavor profile style. Also unlike the typical Sightglass roast, it has a decent body, and the flavor is primarily centered around some herbal pungency with some woodiness. Locals might whine about snooty service, but we had no such problem. Served with sparkling or still water on the side in Le Porcellane d'ANCAP logo cups.