Hayes Valley Espresso
We developed this espresso over five years ago for the launch of our Kiosk on Linden Street. This is probably our darkest espresso: lower-toned, minimal brightness, plenty of chocolate – with an engaging complexity as a straight shot. The shots are gorgeous: achingly heavy with voluptuous red-brown crema, and the silky, somewhat dangerous-looking viscosity of a power-steering stop-leak product once used on our (now departed) heroically battered 1983 Peugeot. In milk, it tastes like chocolate ovaltine, and holds its own from the daintiest 3-oz. macchiato to our towering 12-oz. latte. The coffees in the blend come from Uganda, Guatemala, and Brazil, Ethiopia. This is the most Brahmsian espresso we have. Brooding and autumnal, it is a coffee to mourn the passing of time.