Royal Express, The

Overall Rating: 5.200

Address: 301 Sacramento St.
Cross Street(s): Front St. - where the kiosk window is located
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.956.1710
Hours: M-F 6am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 3
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 12/07/2007
First Reviewed: 12/07/2007
Notes: Kiosk

This window kiosk to the main Royal Exchange (inside hours: 11am-11pm M-F) has been open for a couple of years, offering sidewalk passersby with coffee and food items to go. Using a two-group Super 3000 La Spaziale, the pull shots with a thin, patchy film of lighter brown crema. However, the cup shows good potency in a short shot - poured at the bottom of a Mr. Espresso-logo paper cup. Flavorwise, it has a mellow, herbal pungency of cloves and some pepper.