Brainwash Cafe/Laundromat

Overall Rating: 3.650


Address: 1122 Folsom St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 7th & 8th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.861.3663
Hours: M-Sa 7am-11pm; Su 8am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 3.30
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 10/08/2008
First Reviewed: 08/15/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Bright, comically edgy café, live music venue, bar, and laundromat. Wide corner space with many windows. Exposed wood rafters, metal counter with stools, and odd-shaped tables and chairs with bubble gum wrapper art. Several sidewalk tables with beer-branded parasols. The bathroom, aka the "Writer's Room," encourages graffiti with their chalkboards for walls, but they're always out of chalk. Wide base of patrons, but it seems especially popular with the young, fiercely independent motorcycle repair woman. Tattooed staff with the attitude to match fit in nicely. Non-descript coffee beans are labelled "Island Blend" on the bag with no distributor (after five years of asking, we finally learned the current supply is from McLaughlin - and previously America's Best). Espresso is served with a barely noticeable aroma of drip coffee - with a crema that can vary from a thin ring of large-bubbles to a light coating of even, blonde foam. In addition to half filling paper or drip coffee cups, they now offer flea market demitasses. Flavorwise, its taste and depth were once a peppery step above drip flavor, but it's now more ashy tasting - seemingly trading one bad tendency for another. Much better at food and atmosphere than they are at espresso, which isn't recommended.