Cafe La Taza

Overall Rating: 5.700

Address: 470 Post St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Mason & Powell Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.392.2030
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa 6:30am-7pm; Su 7am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 2
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Martha & Brothers
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 08/07/2007
First Reviewed: 08/07/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Sister to the 10-year-old location at Mission & 21st Sts., this newer location has a tight downstairs space and additional seating upstairs. Using a two-group Faema E91 Ambassador, they pull espresso shots with barely a whisp of medium brown crema. What partially saves it is the modest shot size - which keeps it from being watery. Still, the Martha & Brothers beans here come through - leaving the coffee with a bold, harsh and somewhat bitter tobacco flavor. (The Latin feel of the place goes down to their coffee supplier, though.) Served in mismatched ceramics.