Emporio Rulli

Overall Rating: 4.300


Address: 100 Upper International Loop
Cross Street(s): International Terminal, SFO Airport
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94128
Neighborhood: SFO
Phone: 415.924.7478
Hours: M-Su 7:30am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 4.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 0
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Emporio Rulli Il Caffé
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.95
Last Update: 04/11/2013
First Reviewed: 10/05/2006
Notes: Kiosk

Review
Near gates A1-A12 in SFO's International Terminal is this lighted kiosk/stand for Emporio Rulli. They charge the same price as their regular cafés, but the standard is wholly different. Using a four-group Faema E-91 Diplomat, they pull espresso shots with no crema whatsoever. They are quite small - just two sips in an extra small shot. Yet for the ristretto style, it still lacks the body you'd expect. Flavorwise, it is smoky, bordering on ashy, in a paper cup. For a cappuccino, they manage to pull off latte art with a simple Rosetta and generally decent microfoam - even if it is a bit voluminous. Even so, given the comparison, we recommend the milk-based drinks.