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Espresso in Noe Valley?

BGRose Oct 6, 2006 03:36 PM

I'm only here for a few days and would greatly appreciate recommendations for good espresso. I've tried a few--Martha and Bros. was exceptionally friendly and their coffee was good and strong--but I really wouldn't rate it as great (overroasted beans and not much care with milk steaming). Thanks.

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    nja Oct 6, 2006 05:08 PM

    Martha's is actually the best espresso I've had in the hood, but as you pointed out it still leaves a lot to be desired. Though it's a bit outside of Noe, I highly recommend heading over to Ritual Roasters at Valenica and 21st. It's extraordinary and very much worth the few extra blocks.


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      rotefuchs Oct 6, 2006 05:56 PM

      Ritual has the best coffe in the city, so it is worth the trip

      1. jupiter Oct 6, 2006 06:05 PM

        What do you classify as Noe Valley?
        I personally think that XO coffee at Church and 30th is fantastic and a very comfy coffee shop to boot.

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          NoeMan Oct 6, 2006 07:19 PM

          There's an Illy place on the southwest corner of Sanchez or Noe & 24th. They also do nice gelato and designer chocolates, unless they've gone out of business. The guy who runs it is an espresso fanatic and went to Italy to be trained and get his Illy machine. Haven't been there in awhile though. These kinds of places often come & go on 24th.

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            bernalgirl Oct 6, 2006 10:45 PM

            I agree that this is your best bet in the 24th St. corridor. Noe Valley Bakery also makes a good capuccino. Martha Bros is way too variable, Tully's blends are dull and Starbucks is Starbucks. It's a coffe wasteland.

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