Suisse Italia

Overall Rating: 4.100

Address: 101 California St.
Cross Street(s): Davis St., in the 101 California Plaza
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.434.3800
Hours: M-F 6:30am-3:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 5
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 4.40
Aroma: 3
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Tully's Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Lubiana
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 01/14/2008
First Reviewed: 01/14/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Aka Suisse::Italia, this cafeteria/caterer has been in business since 1980 and is located in the 101 California St. building plaza. There is parasol seating outside in the plaza and many indoor tables in the long space. Breakfast, lunch, catering, and espresso that would not be acceptable to the Italians nor Swiss. Using a single-group Elektra, they pull large shots (served in a coffee mug, no less) that are half covered in a pale, thin crema. It has a slightly ashy odor and flavor, though it is surprisingly not too bitter.