Gateway Newstands

Overall Rating: 3.500


Address: 50 Fremont St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Market & Mission Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.369.9999
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Convenience Store (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 2.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 4.20
Aroma: 3
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 0
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Mountanos Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Styrofoam
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 09/05/2007
First Reviewed: 09/05/2007
Notes: Kiosk

Review
This kiosk-like office convenience store in one of a major, Canada-based franchise chain. Here it is located along Fremont St., just north of the main lobby doors at 50 Fremont. Inside they sell sandwiches, cigarettes, gum, frozen yogurt, and espresso drinks from a highly automated, two-group La Cimbali M3 Cappuccinostation (since when has Italy gone all German in their model names?). The resulting cup has the right size (even if the foam-lined cup it's served in is obscenely large), so there's decent body in the cup. But otherwise, they serve it with no crema, no sweetness, and a flavor that's smoky and a little ashy - and just a touch bitter.