Bean Street Coffee

Overall Rating: 5.950

Address: 359 South B St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 3rd & 4th Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650.579.1844
Hours: M-Th 6am-9pm; F 6am-10pm; Sa 7am-10pm; Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Bean Street Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: IKEA
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 12/12/2005
First Reviewed: 12/12/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Narrow café in downtown San Mateo with several sidewalk tables, a few indoor tables, and a wall of freshly roasted coffee stocks. Using a three-group La Pavoni, they produce espresso with a pale crema of a modest thickness -- and the consistency of the head on a Guinness beer. While not overflowing, they serve a generous pour, resulting in a watered-down flavor of wood and mild spices. The good news is that it's not bitter, but they could do so much better. Served in IKEA cups from Bangladesh with a giveaway lemon rind - which is freshly cut to order, however.