Tomato & Basil Gourmet

Overall Rating: 2.900


Address: 305 Kearny St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Pine & Bush Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.433.2800
Hours: M-F 6am-8pm; Sa-Su 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 2.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 3.30
Aroma: 4
Body: 2
Brightness: 3
Crema: 6
Flavor: 2
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Unknown
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 07/11/2003
First Reviewed: 07/11/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Mediterranean café serves rotisserie chicken, Middle Eastern food, and espresso off a colored chalk menu. Two indoor tables and counter seating at an open window; two sidewalk tables. Coffee-unsavvy staff can tamp well, but they let their machine cool, they have no idea where their coffee beans are from, and they pour shots far too long and high in the cup. Espresso has a very frothy, medium-to-dark brown crema with white "hot" spots. The long pour fills their small paper cups to the top - and the machine pours too fast - resulting in an over-extracted espresso with a thin body. Weak flavor of tepid pepper that's a touch ashy.