Emporio Rulli Gran Caffè

Overall Rating: 4.500

Address: Domestic Terminal 3, Gate 77, SFO Airport
Cross Street(s): Gate 77, San Francisco International Airport
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94128
Neighborhood: SFO
Phone: 650.821.8341
Hours: M-Su 7:30am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 5.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 3
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Emporio Rulli Il Caffé
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.45
Last Update: 03/11/2016
First Reviewed: 05/02/2008
Notes: None

Across gates 76B & 77A in SFO's Terminal 3 is this Emporio Rulli Gran Caffè - complete with two long marble bars with stools and some café table seating. Like their location in the International Terminal, they charge the same price as their regular cafés, but the standard is wholly different. (Though it is a sad statement when their menu lists their macchiato as "Italian Style: espresso shot with a dollop of steamed milk". As if there's any other legitimate way - thank you, Northwest Starbucks.) Using a two-group Faema E-91 Diplomat (formerly an Ambassador from Mr. Espresso), they pull espresso shots with a minimal light-to-medium brown crema. The shots are a touch larger than 1 1/2 oz., however, resulting in a shot that runs a bit watery and diluted. Flavorwise, it is a washed out combination of smokiness and an herbal base - served only in paper cups.