Moto Java

Overall Rating: 6.850


Address: 498 9th St.
Cross Street(s): Bryant St., at a Highway 101 exit ramp
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.255.0103
Hours: M-F 7:30am-5:30pm; Sa 9am-5:30pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Caffe Trieste
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 10/07/2008
First Reviewed: 03/25/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This motorcycle-themed café is an extension of the adjacent bike shop. It's a small space decorated with plastic motorcycle toys hanging from strings on the ceiling, there are photos and posters of motorcycles, motorcycle wear and helmets displayed about, and they even use a Snap-On red tool box for offering coffee condiments. They have three small indoor tables, some indoor stools, and one table on the sidewalk outside when the weather allows. They proudly brand the place with their choice of Caffe Trieste beans. The owners and staff/gearheads are a friendly bunch with good eclectic taste in music (when I was there, one of the owners was playing the part by hobbling about in an ankle cast). Using a red two-group La San Marco, the barista takes an appropriate amount of time to carefully pull espresso shots. We originally found the crema to be little more than a thin, medium brown ring, but on revisits it has been darker and slightly richer. The shot sizes have also decreased a little, improving the body and potency of the shot. The resulting cup is flavorful, though it leans towards a non-ashy smoky/tobacco flavor. When the shots are small, the flavor might exhibit some sweeter notes. They are also decent at milk-frothing, and they correctly make proper points about what a macchiato is and isn't.