Tart to Tart

Overall Rating: 3.750


Address: 90 New Montgomery St.
Cross Street(s): Mission St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.546.4166
Hours: M-F 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 5
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Conti
Coffee Rating: 3.00
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Moschetti Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 05/12/2006
First Reviewed: 03/16/2005
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Coffee Sales

Review
This bakery chain replaced Eppler's Bakery at this location in March 2005. It's decked out with indoor tables, chairs, sofas, and cushioned seats in an informal café layout - which is a rarity for downtown. Using a three-group Conti (replacing their old two-group La Pavoni), they produce an immensely large, lukewarm espresso with a very thin, white crema on top. They replaced their Coffee Magic beans with Moschetti (they still sell retail bags of the former), and strangely, even with their equipment upgrades, they managed to produce a consistently poor cup - that's consistently poor in all the same ways. It has a watered down drip coffee flavor. And if it weren't for the ashy edge to the flavor, it might otherwise be tasteless. Served in a generic, saucerless ceramic cup if you ask "for here". Oddly, they also lay down towels on the drip tray to absorb what looks like a regular drip from espresso machine seals that need replacing.