Crissy Field Warming Hut Bookstore and Café

Overall Rating: 6.350


Address: 983 Marine Dr., Presidio Building 983, Presidio
Cross Street(s): At the West end of Crissy Field by Fort Point
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94129
Neighborhood: Presidio Heights
Phone: 415.561.3042
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm; Sa-Su 9am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.50
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 04/14/2012
First Reviewed: 09/06/2004
Notes: None

Review
Over the years, this sister café to the Crissy Field Center has grown less and less inferior and infinitely more popular - with the Golden Gate Bridge just beyond its approach. They serve the usual soup, sandwiches, baked goods, juices, and espresso. A few indoor tables. Using a two-group La Marzocco GB/5 machine, they serve a correctly-sized espresso in a short paper cup with a decent layer of light-to-medium-brown crema and a rather potent aroma. It has a richer, pungent flavor of richer spices and tobacco suspended in a decent body. This place originally overextracted their shots a bit, but that (and their espresso) has since improved with shorter pours in recent years. The weekday baristas here are generally better than the ones on weekends. Strangely, an electric car burst into flames here in Jan. '07, and repairs for the extensive water damage from putting out the fire closed the Hut for most of 2007. But it reopened with an over-the-top "green" theme in its bookstore and the café. This change included a switch from Mr. Espresso beans (they once served a custom blend, and the staff seemed to know Luigi Di Ruocco there) to more prominently 'cause' coffee in Equator Estate Coffee and replacement of their former three-group Mr. Espresso Rancilio with its current machine (and charging just an extra nickel). Surprisingly unlike most examples of Equator in the area, this is a major exception - they finally stumbled across a retailer who has managed to showcase their coffee (most examples are almost universally disappointments). Whether if this is by freak accident or through deliberate intent remains to be seen (Equator has a poor track record of managing the end results from their resellers). But for now, appreciate this oddity of a café as one of the better examples of good espresso in the city.