Cafe Venue

Overall Rating: 5.150

Address: 70 Leidesdorff St.
Cross Street(s): Off California St., btwn Montgomery & Sansome Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.576.1144
Hours: M-F 7am-3:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Panache
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.30
Last Update: 01/19/2007
First Reviewed: 01/19/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This café of the chain is located along the quiet, pedestrian-mostly Leidesdorff St., a quiet lane off California St. Some café tables with Panache Coffee parasols along Leidesdorff and many cheaper indoor lunch tables. This place seems popular with local corporate office security staffers. Using a three-group La San Marco, they pull espresso shots with a scant, broken film of medium brown crema filled as a shallow layer at the bottom of a large Delco mug. The proper-sized shot ensures a decent body. It has a smoky aroma and a darker, rich flavor of tobacco bordering on ash.