We developed this espresso blend for our café on Mint Plaza in downtown San Francisco. This is a pleasant, consistent espresso – enjoyable without being demanding, plump with unremarkable complexity. What is remarkable, however, is the sweet simplicity owing to the fact that we reverse-engineered a blue-collar Italian espresso blend (yes…Robusta!) and substituted higher-end organic coffees. Our goal was a robust, crema-heavy, unpretentious coffee. If the Hayes Valley Espresso can be like consuming a volume of In Search of Lost Time in liquid form, then the 17ft Ceiling is like flipping through the New Yorker – edifying without being taxing. The baristas at the café pull leisurely, avuncular shots, often skipping the first few drops. Served with a water back, of course.