Boriana's Favorites

Overall Rating: 6.350

Address: 1 Ferry Building Plaza, Shop #33
Cross Street(s): Market St., in the Ferry Building Marketplace
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.402.0421
Hours: M-F 8am-8pm; Sa-Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Grocery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Dalla Corte
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Torrefazione CaffèGM
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 02/23/2010
First Reviewed: 05/11/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales

I Preferiti di Boriana, or Boriana's Favorites, is a Ferry Building Marketplace shop that imports wine, coffee, dried pasta, and sauces from Montepulciano, Italy. In fact, it is the only sister location to its Montepulciano-based storefront. They have four bright red, modern, stylish stools at a marble counter for sampling wine and espresso. They use a single-group Dalla Corte Super Mini espresso machine imported from Italy, and they import beans from an obscure but well-regarded (at least by many Germans) wood-fired roaster. They pull espresso shots with a crema that can vary from darker brown to something more pale and even, but either way it is a little thin on thickness but with a richer body (it dissipates somewhat quickly, however). Flavorwise, it's mostly smoky with tobacco hints (not surprising given the roasting method). A touch watery on the overall body. A good espresso option when you don't want to wait in all the Blue Bottle lines nearby.