Bar Norcini

Overall Rating: 6.700


Address: 221 Powell St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Geary Blvd. & Ellis St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.397.7720
Hours: M-Su 7am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 5
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 09/01/2009
First Reviewed: 07/16/2009
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Formerly Caffé Kuleto's, this decorative space has since been remodeled (with entire walls removed) to sit as part of the Villa Florence Hotel front lobby. It's still tightly affiliated with the neighboring Kuleto's restaurant, however. In addition to its nice, dark wood restaurant tables indoors, it opens out into the sidewalk for outdoor seating. But inside it's a true wine bar, serving wine, baked goods, salads, and sandwiches in addition to espresso served from a two-group UNIX Twin Phoenix-R. They serve espresso, using branded Illy beans, with a bubbling, frothy crema mottled in a medium and lighter brown. It is quite aromatic for imported Illy coffee, and instead of a flavor dominated by mild spices and some wood, there's a little more of an herbal pungency. Even so, the body is surprisingly thin given everything else. Served in designer Illy IPA cups. Decent milk frothing also.