5-star truffles and coffee on divisadero
In my own selfish interest I would like to recommend 5-Star Truffles and Coffee on Divisadero
(near Oak). This place is small and the couple who run it are very friendly and the truffles are fabulous and very inexpensive. The truffles are small and clearly homemade and are sold by the piece, or in little boxes or little white take-out containers in increments of 20. My personal favourites are the caramels, the dark chocolates, and the expressos; they also give you a free sample if you order a beverage. This is not a great location so PLEASE GO because after two visits I am already addicted to their truffles and concerned they will go out of business so PLEASE VISIT. Valentine's Day is just around the corner but why wait? GO NOW!
That neighborhood is really coming into its own, what what with the new Delessio, Falleti's and the impending farmers market.
Anyway, here's some more particulars about 5-Star - Santos, the owner, worked at XOX for 7 years and opened 5-Star last Fall. He uses Cacao Barry chocolate makes about and a dozen variations, from standards like hazelnut and espresso to the XOX classics earl gray and wine. They look exactly like XOX and I don't know that I could tell the difference in a taste test. Yet the cost is quite reasonablable - a box of 20 is $7.50.
Its located next door to Country Cheese at:
411 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
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I just checked this place out on Saturday -- it's unassuming and charming. The couple is incredibly friendly/smiley and the truffles are displayed in large soup bowls with handwritten signs. There is no pretense here. The truffles seem a bit on the small side, but the price is right.
I opted for the caramel, dark chocolate, earl grey and kahlua. The caramel is very very good - the texture is unctuous and the flavor is very buttery. The earl grey was pretty mild, it was hard to discern much more than a hint of bergamot. The other two were good too.
This place deserves a visit for sure.
i popped in today and bought two flavors to try: caramel and earl grey.
both were very tasty. a nice little treat to eat while walking home one block to my apartment.
thanks for posting I will be sure to stop by. i am always looking for sweets I can take to my meetings.
i got a cappuccino the other day. tasted a little burnt actually...however, its obvious the truffles are the star.
anyway- i asked the owner to pick out my free truffle flavor for me. he ended up giving me hazelnut. it was so good, i ended up buying 10 more to bring to a friends house.
then i ended up forgetting them when i left the house... so i ate them all :)
I stopped in today. The truffles seem identical to XOX--caramel still my favorite, but the coffee and citrus flavors are good too. The coffee is Graffeo, priced fairly. My cappucino was well prepared.
The customers today looked local; the couple in front of me had never tried any of the truffles before. So less likely to hurt XOX than branch out their style of truffle.
They do have heart-shaped boxes.