Leonidas Chocolates Café

Overall Rating: 4.750


Address: 50 Post St., 1st Floor
Cross Street(s): Montgomery St., in the Crocker Galleria
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.956.2338
Hours: M-F 10am-6pm; Sa 10am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Confectioner (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.00
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Schaerer
Coffee Rating: 5.50
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 4
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Confiserie Léonidas s.a.
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.60
Last Update: 06/02/2008
First Reviewed: 06/02/2008
Notes: Kiosk

Review
This owned & operated café is part of a worldwide chain that has just started operating in the U.S., starting within California. (This location opened February 2008.) The main act is chocolate, however - Belgian pralines and overly sweet confections. It's located on the subterranean, lower level floor of the Crocker Galleria. There's a lot of space and a lot of chocolate, but there's no place to sit - so it's more of a kiosk than a site-down café. Any coffee has to be consumed out of cheesy, small paper cups at the stand-up counter or on the go. Behind the counter, the staff use a single-group Schaerer Ambiente superautomatic machine to spew out espresso shots with a thin, pale blonde crema. It's served at a modest temperature, and not surprisingly the flavor of the Leonidas roast contains chocolate notes (artificially added to the coffee or otherwise). It's smooth and tepid, and yet not completely a bore for what you get crapped out of such a machine.