Red Door Coffee

Overall Rating: 8.050


Address: 111 Minna St.
Cross Street(s): 2nd St., btwn Mission & Howard Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.974.1719
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
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: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: notNeutral
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 09/26/2014
First Reviewed: 09/26/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales

Review
111 Minna has long been something of an art gallery space and night club, frequently packing long lines of SOMA patrons seeking out the DJ set. It's what happens during the daytime that's changed. They've closed up their previous efforts as an informal daytime bar and coffee shop (serving Illy beans from a Faema machine as a dubious coffee service). They have since reopened (by 2014) as a more formal daytime bar and coffee shop. Oh, sure, they're still a gallery by day and a DJ-fueled disco bar for people far cooler than you by night. But the coffee service is now front-and-center during daylight hours rather than just an afterthought. It's a large space with tall ceilings, wood floors, wood benches, a front bar and a decorative rear bar towards the back with a more secluded space to studiously delve into laptop zombiehood beneath art installations. At the front bar they now use a two-group La Marzocco Linea, pulling shots of Four Barrel (also for sale). Using the Friendo Blendo blend, it's a significantly better shot than before - with a sharper edge of acidity on a mostly pungent flavor of herbs, spices, and a touch of sourness at the finish. A worthy upgrade to the coffee standards here. You can see why they now expect to capitalize on those investments. (After all, they invested enough to give the coffee bar its own separate name here.)