Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.000


Address: 2271 Union St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Fillmore & Steiner Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94123
Neighborhood: Cow Hollow
Phone: N/A
Hours: M-F 7am-2pm; Sa-Su 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Inker
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 11/21/2014
First Reviewed: 11/21/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
While the dynamic duo of Trish Rothgeb's roasting combined with Nick Cho's barista and service know-how (and hopefully someone else's tax accounting) has been in the Bay Area for quite a few years, tracking their coffee house openings and closings has been a bit like playing Whac-A-Mole. Seemingly married to the concept of shifting among disposable installations as if by ADHD, the U.S. defense department might do well to support a clandestine nuclear arsenal by stashing warheads in nuclear submarines, M-X missile trains, and Wrecking Ball cafés. The enemy might never be able to keep track of them. This latest location opened in Aug 2014 in a former That Takes the Cake and appears as a converted in-law unit at the base of a Victorian home (or law office). In front there is some quaint yard furniture with miniature table and chair seating along the sidewalk (with a sign to notify the staff for clean-up when you're done). Inside everything seems whitewashed as was vogue with home interiors here in the 1950s - save for the blue pineapple wallpaper and black wood floors. There are three chairs sitting at their Kalita pour over bar and long bench seating along the entryway. They offer baked goods from Marla, sport some antique brewing equipment along their shelves, and seem to be frequented in the daytime by a lot of snobby expat Europeans in jeans and sportcoats who work nearby. Using a white two-group La Marzocco Strada behind the small counter, they pull shots of their 1UP blend with an even but richly textured medium brown crema. It has a balanced flavor of spices of cinnamon, a little allspice, some sharp acidity, and the suggestion - but not implementation - of deeper, richer body notes. As such, the flavor profile seemed a little incomplete relative to the last pop-up shop that served us. However, it's still distinctive as far as SF espresso styles go. Served in a white Inker demitasse.