Lettüs Café Organic

Overall Rating: 6.950


Address: 3352 Steiner St.
Cross Street(s): Chestnut St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94123
Neighborhood: Marina
Phone: 415.931.2777
Hours: M-F 11am-10pm; Sa-Su 9am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rio
Coffee Rating: 6.90
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Poland Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 09/14/2006
First Reviewed: 09/14/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
The name might suggest an 1980's metal band (pronounced 'let-TOOOSE'?), but it's actually an ultra-organic café. It follows the trend of 'preachy' eateries that cross the line from espousing sustainable, organic agriculture to slapping you across the face with it. (Sometimes I'm not up for changing the planet and I just want an espresso - just a decent espresso without feeling like I joined a cult to get it.) They offer juices, smoothies, breakfast, and sandwiches. There's a good deal of wood sidewalk seating and a deep cavern of wooden seating inside. Using a two-group Rio, they pull a modestly sized shot of espresso with a decent, medium brown layer of crema with good consistency. The barista takes time to pull a proper shot, and it's served at a properly mild temperature. It has a flavor of herbs and some thyme. There's nothing exceptional about their espresso, but every measure is handled well.