Sugarlump Coffee Lounge

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 2862 24th St.
Cross Street(s): Bryant St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.826.5867
Hours: M-F 6:30am-10pm; Sa-Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 11/26/2006
First Reviewed: 11/26/2006
Notes: None

Opening in Nov. 2006, this space is aptly named "Coffee Lounge". It has dark brown walls, spot lighting, large gallery art, lounge-like music, and it attracts more of an upscale, edgy crowd for the neighborhood. A mix of unique seating options spread throughout the long space. They serve some croissants and bakery items, but it's largely about coffee here. The owner, Jill Rosenthal, wrote to say that they used the site to sample the competition and ultimately decide upon a custom house roast from Rick at ABC, of all roasters (it's an organic blend of dark Brazilian and dark & light Nicaraguan). And while some of that attention to detail shows, they still have some kinks to work out - not surprising for a newer place, however. Using a two-group Nuova Simonelli Premier, they pull shots with a thinner body and a thinner layer of a mottled, medium brown crema. They staff deliberately pre-heat cups and take the time to do it right - they just need more practice. Flavorwise, it has a slightly burnt/bitter edge a la Martha & Bros: strong tobacco and some ash. Their heart is in the right place, but they need to work on the execution. My own personal tastes, but I'd start by replacing the ABC beans.