Alexandria Café

Overall Rating: 3.600

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

Address: 785 Market St.
Cross Street(s): 4th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.346.7066
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 3.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 4.00
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 08/11/2009
First Reviewed: 07/02/2004
Notes: Kiosk; Temperature Control Problems; Outdoor Seating

Another conversion of a former O La La! following their collapse, this sidewalk kiosk (called 'Dica 817' until it switched to a Mediterranean theme in 2006) resides next to a Ross store with just two outdoor tables. Their equipment (a battle-weary, two-group La San Marco) and coffee have transferred from the café's former ownership - and probably hasn't seen maintenance since Memphis, Egypt's heyday. However, when Segafredo Zanetti high tailed it out of the city by 2007, they replaced their coffee with Equator Estate Coffees. But there was no real improvement. They serve espresso with a healthier crema now than the faintest pale ring of old, and the coffee itself no longer carries the rank stench of drip coffee. But flavor- and body-wise, it's not unlike drip coffee with a subtle woody/piney edge to distinguish it - just as with the Zanetti beans. Some grinds at the bottom of the (paper) cup and some grit suspended in the crema. Served at too high a brewing temperature as well. [CLOSED: as of 2010.]