Overall Rating: 5.050

Address: 689 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Third St., btwn Mission & Market Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.284.4040
Hours: Su-Sa 6pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 4.30
Aroma: 5
Body: 4
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: Villeroy & Boch
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 03/14/2007
First Reviewed: 03/14/2007
Notes: None

Fashionable, high-end, Asian-themed restaurant at the base of the St. Regis Hotel. Wait staff galore. Using a two-group Elektra Maxi in the kitchen, they pull shots with a very thin medium brown crema that shows some larger bubbles in it. It is watery and primarily tastes of a 'pleasant' ashiness (if that were possible) with elements of spice and tobacco. Served in delicate, thin-walled Villeroy & Boch cups with some grit at the bottom. To charge $5 for a doppio is bad enough. It's even worse when the expensive meal falls completely apart at the coffee.