Cafe Venue

Overall Rating: 5.550

Address: 67 Fifth St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Market & Mission Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.546.1144
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa-Su 11am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 2
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Panache
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 03/22/2007
First Reviewed: 03/22/2007
Notes: None

This is the newest location of this caf� chain since their Market location closed down in 2006. The space is rather airy and light for a coffeehouse/caf�, and they have numerous tables and bench seating to handle a lunch crowd (again, there's a big emphasis on food here). Using a newer two-group, Mr. Espresso-branded Faema, they pull an espresso with a bare ring of medium brown crema along the rim of the cup. It has a pungent (though not entirely pleasant) aroma and fuller body. The shot is relatively short, making it flavorable and distinguishable from drip (it primarily has a deep herbal pungency). They say they "proudly serve Panache coffees". I wouldn't be proud of that so much as their ability to make something drinkable out of it. Their baristas also properly clean their equipment during slowdowns.