CrÍpe o Chocolat

Overall Rating: 4.650


Address: 75 O'Farrell St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Stockton & Grant Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.362.0255
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sa-Su 10am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 4.30
Aroma: 5
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: San Francisco Coffee Co
Cup Manufacturer: Plastic
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 02/19/2010
First Reviewed: 08/11/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This rather inventive French crÍperie is run by an eclectic, French-styled, Madagascar-born owner and her artsy staff. They offer a wide array of unusual crÍpes, pastries, and chocolate confections that has since evolved into French yogurt, kombucha, and Nutella creations. It?s located in tight quarters with a few indoor tables and the kind of modern Euro club music you?d expect from a French-styled, Madagascar-born owner. In front there are also a couple of metal sidewalk tables for dining and downtown people watching. They serve espresso from the stereotypical two-group La Spaziale. For years it came with a woody aroma and a medium brown, sometimes dark brown crema of modest thickness (depending on the barista), resulting in a cup with a strong herbal flavor (along the lines of a thyme/clove combination) with some sweet and some tobacco notes. It was a decent espresso, even if only available in paper cups. However, in recent years thy introduced designer plastic, transparent cups. But the quality went off a cliff: thinner, scant darker brown crema on a shot that smelled ashy and tasted it a little too. The body is thin and the flavor is predominantly tobacco smoke and some ash that have smothered out any potential brighter notes. We still like this place a lot, just not for the espresso anymore.