Overall Rating: 4.600

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 653 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn New Montgomery & 3rd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: None
Hours: M-F 9am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 3.00
Barista: 5
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Verismo
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.00
Last Update: 03/05/2004
First Reviewed: 03/05/2004
Notes: None

Joe runs this eponymous sidewalk espresso stand that is little more than a sign, a night stand, and a Verismo machine on an extension cord. Beneath the Sherman Clay & Co. sign, he uses Peerless beans and a super-automatic to make what should be a lame cup. Yet it surprisingly beats its pedigree peers. Good aroma with a decent layer of light brown crema - an unusual thickness for a Verismo. Woody, herbal flavor that's also unlike the bland drip coffee flavor of most Peerless cups. [CLOSED as of 6/30/04.]