This downtown location of the popular, Latino-owned S.F. chain was opened by popular demand. Located in a tight indoor mall corridor called “The Shops on 1st St.”, they serve the usual pastries and bagels along with coffee.
True to their Latino roots, the music, staff, and environment has a heavy Latin American influence. And given the origins of much of the world’s coffee, it’s about time. They have two indoor stools and some limited table seating along the pedestrian corridor entering “The Shops on 1st St.”
Using a modern, four-group, Faema E91 Ambassador, they pull an espresso with a slightly large pour. It has a very even texture of a medium brown crema of decent thickness. One inconsistency here, however, is that the pour can sometimes run high and the body can be thin. It has a great smoky aroma that leads into its smoky flavor, though it does have some ashier/burnt elements that are typical of Martha & Brothers overroasted beans. A full-flavored cup, but it lacks any sweetness to be superb.
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