Overall Rating: 4.350

Address: 87 Yerba Buena Ln.
Cross Street(s): Off Mission St. near 4th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.243.4444
Hours: Su-Sa 10am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Confectioner
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nespresso
Coffee Rating: 3.90
Aroma: 3
Body: 4
Brightness: 4
Crema: 6
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Nespresso
Cup Manufacturer: Vista Alegre
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 01/18/2008
First Reviewed: 01/18/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Small Swiss chocolate importer along the pedestrian lane between 3rd & 4th St. off Mission St. It is quiet, empty, and likely soon to go out of business after opening at the very end of 2007. There are a few metal caf� tables and chairs in front and three designer caf� tables inside. They emphasize Swiss chocolate truffles and confections (so the emphasis is on milk chocolate) and serve a lazy man's answer to caf� espresso on the side using a dual-group Gemini CS200 Pro Nespresso plastic hunk with a separate, dedicated Nespresso milk frother. Choosing the "Ristretto" (supposedly "strong") coffee pod, they serve it as a relatively large shot with a pale, almost whitish crema of thin to moderate thickness. It has a dishwater body and the most subtle of coffee flavorings - like a candy caramel, but without any of the caramel sweetness or subtlety. Why bother?