Caff� Roma

Overall Rating: 7.750

Address: 885 Bryant St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 6th & 7th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.431.8555
Hours: M-F 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.50
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caff� Roma
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 10/15/2008
First Reviewed: 06/20/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

THE place to go whether you're fighting a speeding ticket or bailing out relatives. Landmark caf�/roastery across the S.F. Hall of Justice, sister to the North Beach institution. Inside is a homage to Rome and coffee roasting. Lawyers in suits at several dark caf� tables and counterspaces under bright windows facing the courthouse. (Though early mornings you'll find more uniformed police and a barista who amusingly ends most of his sentences with "my friend".) A row of stool seating along the Gilbert St. windows. Clean and modern. Roasting operation at the rear with roasted retail beans unfortunately oxidizing in old school bins. Using a two-group La Spaziale, the pull modestly sized shots of espresso with a thin layer of richer crema that dissipates somewhat quickly. Bold, complex taste of spice and earthy elements and a pungent edge of cloves. Good microfoam has very even, consistently fine microbubbles in their milk-based drinks (it's actually slightly better than their espresso). Served in classic brown ACF cups.