CocoaBella Chocolates

Overall Rating: 5.350

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 845 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Street level in the Westfield Centre
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.896.5222
Hours: M-Sa 9:30am-9pm; Su 10am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Confectioner (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: North Bay Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.00
Last Update: 11/09/2006
First Reviewed: 11/09/2006
Notes: None

Small chocolatier on the ground level of the Westfield Centre mall arranges their confections by country. They have a two-group La Pavoni at the back that they use for espresso and custom hot chocolate drinks. They get a special blend from North Bay Coffee. They serve espresso in an extra-large, full size in a paper cup. Yet it still has a healthy crema - a medium-to-dark brown mottled crema with lighter spots. Flavorwise, it has a smoky, tobacco-like taste. Service here is often a disaster: one or two customers hand-picking a hand-wrapped assortment of their chocolates can make something as trivial as ordering an espresso or buying a chocolate bar feel like lines at the DMV. In more recent years we've tried to reassess them multiple times, but because of the unreasonable line waits we've bailed every time. [CLOSED as of 2012: Now the inedible Mango.]