Showplace Caffè

Overall Rating: 8.150


Address: 715 Brannan St.
Cross Street(s): Harriet St. near 6th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 937.604.7357
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm: Sa 10am-1pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.30
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: De La Paz Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Espresso Parts
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 03/13/2015
First Reviewed: 03/11/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
It's hard to say why I like this place as much as I do, but I do. Though it's just not the espresso. Opening in late 2010, this place is pretty much a dive in a part of no-mans-land SF. But it melds with the neighborhood and transports you to another place - if that place is a diner that gets held up weekly in some seedy L.A. district of auto repair shops and industrial garages. (Don't ask why I like that sort of thing.) It's a tiny corner spot, operated typically by a lone staffer (Ryan) who can disappear out from for smoke breaks for long stretches. There are two beat-up outdoor tables on the front sidewalk. Inside the tiny space, there's one table for seating at the corner windows. To the rear corner there's something of a mini-lounge consisting of a couch, a turntable, books, and art magazines. (Oddly, on first visit they were playing a vinyl LP of the Stones' "Exile on Main Street" just as I had heard at nearby Sightglass the day before.) At the plywood counter, they have a two-group La Marzocco Linea. But they also sport a red, 1-lb Sonofresco roaster (and beans currently from Sweet Maria's). While they currently offer De La Paz coffee for drinks and retail sale (and formerly did the same for Sightglass), they ultimately plan to roast their own from Sweet Maria's Coffee Shrub commercial sister. Their ideal roast is an expressive light roast as they've experienced from Seattle's Slate roasters. They serve espresso, from the Peel Sessions blend, as a full double shot with an attractive tiger-striped crema. It's a larger shot with slightly lighter body. It has a reserved brightness and decent flavor balance of spices, mostly herbal pungency, and some edges of caramel sweetness. Rosetta latte art and solidly soft milk-frothing: their cappuccino is fantastic. Served in black Espresso Parts cups.