Coffee Bar

Overall Rating: 8.250


Address: 433 Kearny St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Pine & California Sts., in the St. Mary's Square Garage
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Phone: 415.391.2296
Hours: M-Sa 7am-10pm; Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.50
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Espresso Parts
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/21/2013
First Reviewed: 08/21/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This third location of the Mission/Potrero Hill's Coffee Bar takes up space at the entrance of the St. Mary's Square Garage, across of Kearny St. from the Bank of America tower. It's designed much like their Montgomery St. location: an open space with a cement floor, black & white painted wood surfaces, and stark, fluorescent lighting. There's a lone sidewalk bench out front for two, which constitutes all the seating options available here. A number of pastries are on display but are specifically marked "not for eating". There's a bit of Kalita merchandising as well as their own beans and logo cups. From 8am-2pm, they offer handcrafted, single-origin pour-overs. Their coffee menu also sports some oddities such as a cortado, a Havana latte, and Vietnamese iced coffee. Using Mazzer grinders and dueling two-group Strada machines, they pull a well-proportioned double shot with an even, medium brown crema of good depth and thickness with some microbubbles suspended in it. There's a strong brightness to the cup, but it doesn't overpower on fruitiness: it's pungent, with a flavor that includes some sharper spices and some woodiness. Served in black Espresso Parts cups.