Café Bellini

Overall Rating: 5.500


Address: 28 Cyril Magnin St.
Cross Street(s): Powell St. & Market St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.398.3200
Hours: M-F 6:30am-1:30pm; Sa-Su 6:30am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Promac
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 07/22/2009
First Reviewed: 07/22/2009
Notes: Kiosk

Review
Formerly Café Powell and then a Segafredo Zanetti, this tiny café inside the modern Powell Hotel has changed sizes over the years: larger café to window counter and back to small café again. The place is now largely a glorified kiosk with no real seating areas and a lot of space given over to soup, which used to be operated by the San Francsico Soup Co. The good news is that this is a step up over the Segafredo Zanetti that the previous owners burned to the ground (in quality, not arson). Using a two-group Promac, they pull shots of Lavazza in Lavazza-branded paper cups only. But the barista is surprisingly attentive. He pulls shots with a pedestrian, medium brown crema. They have a smooth flavor of spice, cloves, and some caramel notes. A bit of a positive surprise for something outside cable cour tourist central, though there's certainly room to improve.