Il Fornaio Caffe del Mondo

Overall Rating: 5.300


Address: International Terminal, SFO Airport
Cross Street(s): Gates A11, G97
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94134
Neighborhood: SFO
Phone: 650.821.6440
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 05/28/2015
First Reviewed: 10/03/2007
Notes: None

Review
At the end of the South (A) gates of SFO's International terminal, and at the end of the G gates, this café takes up a corner with a flat panel TV at the bar and a three-(or four-)group Mr. Espresso-supplied Faema E91 Diplomat - too often with its portafilters left lying out cooling on the drip tray. However, quite miraculously, they can sometimes pull shots with a respectable layer of smoothly textured, medium brown crema with some large bubbles. At its best, it can have a well-rounded mellow flavor of spice and pepper suspended in a decent body. Served in short paper cups. While it can be decent in spite of their mishandling, they are very inconsistent: more often, the cups run ashy and with a narrow flavor profile - marked by a high brewing temperature - and the crema can run minimal. Sometimes it's practically overheated filter drip coffee - despite the proper instructions from Mr. Espresso on the side of the Faema. Milk-frothing is quite dodgy here in any case. Their rating is thus only as good as their last shot, which can vary from 2s and 3s to 6s.