Café Bellini

Overall Rating: 6.850


Address: 235 Powell St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Geary & Ellis
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.956.5101
Hours: Su-Th 7am-10:30pm; F-Sa 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Promac
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 02/08/2008
First Reviewed: 02/08/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Segafredo Zanetti previously owned this café with its sleek, post-modern design and everything red & black (bar, walls, tables, cups, etc.). A couple metal sidewalk tables in front. Italian poster art, music. Bar snacks, alcoholic drinks, and chewy, stale pastries. The new ownership that stepped in and rebranded it did little besides changing the espresso machine (now a three-group Promac) and coffee - but oddly improved its espresso ratings significantly. In classic Italian café fashion, you order and they collect money at a station other than where you pick up your coffee (in front). Espresso "piccolo" is brewed directly into the cup with a medium-to-lighter brown, and slightly thin, crema. Classic Lavazza aroma, with a lightly pungent, herbal flavor - aided by being a properly short, two-sip shot.