'wichcraft

Overall Rating: 5.600


Address: 868 Mission St., Ste. 199
Cross Street(s): Btwn 5th & Jessie West Sts., in the SF Shopping Centre
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.593.3895
Hours: M-Th 8am-7pm; F 8am-8pm; Sa 10am-8pm; Su10am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Deli (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 3
Brightness: 7
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: La Colombe Torrefaction
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.95
Last Update: 03/13/2009
First Reviewed: 03/13/2009
Notes: None

Review
This is the lone SF installment of a NY-based chain of sandwich shops operated by famed celebrity chef, Tom Colicchio. Located in the San Francisco Shopping Centre, it's a large, airy space consisting of bright, tall windows and long wooden tables and benches. Besides a menu of sandwiches and a few salads, they offer a coffee bar. Unlike the West Coast chefs who oddly fawn over Equator Estate Coffee, Mr. Colicchio's East Coast influence brings out Philadelphia's La Colombe (perhaps its coastal equivalent?). Using a two-group La Spaziale S3 (oddly with a "Made in Italy" sticker prominently displayed on the machine) the pull shots first into unnecessary mini-metal pitchers before pouring them into nice, La Colombe-branded ACF cups. It is filled very high in the cup and has a pale, thin, and milky crema. There's a little brightness to the shot, but also a little ashiness. With a flavor of wood and some mild spices and a thinner body. The flavor is unique enough to save it from being a terrible me-too restaurant espresso, but it's not very distinguishing from basic filter coffee. Good pedigree handled poorly.