Tag Archive 'mr-espresso'

Trip Report: Axis Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 24 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This “living room” environment on the north end of Potrero Hill has a large space with modern seating indoors. They also have a large, private patio in back with many tables and large sun umbrellas. The staff seem motivated to make a higher-quality espresso, and for the most part they deliver on that. Using a […]

Trip Report: Crissy Field Warming Hut Bookstore and Café

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This sister café to the Crissy Field Center is (less and less) inferior yet more popular — with the Golden Gate Bridge just outside. They serve the usual soup, sandwiches, baked goods, juices, and espresso. They have a few indoor tables and a lot of outdoor seating on benches and in the shade. They serve […]

Trip Report: Zephyr Espresso Caffe and Art Gallery

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Across the Balboa Theater, this cavernous café and art gallery was managed by the same owners from 1994 until being sold to its current owners in 2004. (The previous owners have since set up a café in Gilbert, AZ.) The new owners, like the previous ones, are a bit cagey with their customers and seem […]

Third Wave Coffee, or First Wave Pompousness?

Posted by TheShot on 22 Apr 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

I have a lot of respect for Nick Cho, owner of Washington D.C.’s murky coffee. He’s established a place that pulls some of the best espresso shots on the East Coast. He’s arguably the primary brainchild behind the Portafilter.net podcasts. And he’s also known for his quality coffee industry “altruism”: supporting aspiring baristas and café […]

Trip Report: Cafe Madeleine @ O’Farrell St.

Posted by TheShot on 14 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

With bright, white walls and staff in white smocks, you might think you stepped up to the cosmetics counter at the nearby Macy’s. But this is true of all the Cafe Madeleine bakery-cafés in the area. Inside they have just a few counter stools along the windows. But when the weather complies, the sidewalk café […]

Trip Report: Caffe Sport Deli

Posted by TheShot on 12 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a sister deli to the Caffe Sport restaurant in North Beach. It is inconveniently located across the massive U.S. Post Office (the Embarcadero Postal Center) in a strange part of town where Beale Street dead ends at the Bay Bridge. Harrison Street actually runs some 30 feet above this corner of town — […]

Trip Report: Café Que Tal

Posted by TheShot on 22 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Quiet, semi-private coffee house with many plants and stained tables indoors. Sky-blue ceiling adds to the tropical theme. Minimal outdoor seating (no tables). They occasionally offer a free chair massage. Café Que Tal formerly used Mr. Espresso beans, then switched to Vigal, and more recently they switched back again. They pull shots from a two-group […]

Trip Report: Tartine Bakery & Café

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a rather non-descript French bakery/café. But don’t let that fool you. It has won numerous “best bakery” awards in the area and is immensely popular. (And yes, even Martha Stewart paid a visit here just a week ago.) It is also notorious for its Soviet-style bread lines, which run long out the door […]

Trip Report: Toy Boat Dessert Café

Posted by TheShot on 24 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Since 1982, this playfully-themed café has served soda fountain drinks, coffee, and sandwiches. The owner, Jesse, has lined its walls with old toys, a PEZ dispenser collection, cartoon figurines, and model airplanes. A coin-operated horse ride sits in its center. Outdoors there is a bench and a single table. Hipster young women (and men) behind […]

Trip Report: The Canvas Gallery/Café

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This vast space with high ceilings is a combination gallery, café, and lounge. It’s immensely popular, and it can sometimes be difficult to find a seat despite the space. The layout is smartly sectioned off with mobile gallery walls so it has more privacy than an open gallery space might normally have. They offer free […]

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