Roastery Coffee Lounge, The

Overall Rating: 6.350


Address: 199 New Montgomery St.
Cross Street(s): Natoma St., north of Howard St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.538.7999
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa 8:30am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 5.90
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Simple Pleasures Coffee Roasting Company
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 07/26/2011
First Reviewed: 07/26/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Replaces Caffè Trieste on this location, with the primary changes being roaster, pour size, and quality. Even some of the signage remains from it's previous ownership. There are numerous metal sidewalk tables out front. Inside, it's a long, windowed, sidewalk-facing café with dark painted walls, dark wood furniture, elegant lamps. Seating is a mix of small wooden tables, booth-like bench seating, and a small sofa set. Using red, dual two-group La San Marco machines, they pull shots with a generally decent, medium brown, patterned crema. The cup seems served at a high temperature and certainly a tall volume (especially compared to before), and it doesn't have much aroma nor body. Flavorwise, not unlike its Trieste days, it is dark, smoky, and carries tobacco and no sweetness - barely just this side of ashy. The management shift from Caffè Trieste hasn't been a major change, but it's a decided turn for the worse.