La Boulange

Overall Rating: 6.950

Address: 543 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Union & Green Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.399.0714
Hours: M-Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Brasilia
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Comptoir de Famille
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 06/04/2008
First Reviewed: 06/04/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Yet another replicant in the Bay Bread group's vast restaurant and caf�/bakery chain. This one opened in the old Ben & Jerry's/Sophie's Crepes space in the summer of 2006. It has some wooden benches and limited shop window counter seating, but the main attraction is the sidewalk, caf� table seating along Columbus St. Using a two-group Brasilia semi-automatic machine supplied by Rosito Bisani (it looks like a 205 DEL-2), the barista will redo shots that aren't up to standard - a great sign. The resulting shot is properly short with a medium brown, patterend crema. It is generally a decent quality shot, even if nothing jumps out at you in its aroma or flavor (a consistent characteristic of Equator Estate Coffees). It tastes of a mostly pungent flavor with mild herbs and a not necessarily unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Some limited latte art on milk-based drinks.