Starbucks Coffee

Overall Rating: 2.800


Address: 299 Second St.
Cross Street(s): Folsom St. (in the Marriott Courtyard Hotel)
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.947.0700
Hours: M-F 6am-5pm; Sa-Su 7am-12pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 2.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Verismo
Coffee Rating: 3.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 4
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Starbucks Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 09/20/2005
First Reviewed: 07/07/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
Once a bright, hotel corner café that opened as Café 299 around 2002. It closed in December 2004 and reopened in July 2005 as yet another Starbucks with very limited seating and little sunlight. Three indoor tables. Staffed by the same people who ran Café 299 - by those who need a fully-automated espresso machine (just replace their Schaerer with dual Verismo machines). But while most super-automatic machines automate mediocrity, this location automates inferiority. They serve espresso with a scant hint of several large-bubbles that I believe is supposed to be crema. The flavor is dark and ashy with no real body. An espresso vending machine would be far better. And yet the place is often packed with long, winding lines.