Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 5.150

Address: 598 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 2nd & Sutter Sts. in the Mongomery St. BART station
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: None
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Schaerer
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 07/02/2008
First Reviewed: 07/02/2008
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales

This BART station kiosk was previously the exclusive domain of a transit ticket booth, which now spares space at the back. In the underground entrance of this BART station, a few lines form of commuters either too desperate for a quick espresso or too clueless to find a real Peet's above ground (this kiosk is just a Peet's licensee - just as in SFO airport). It opened in the summer of 2008 with some controversy, given that BART supported its introduction and yet BART allows no beverages on board. Like a typical Peet's licensee, they serve espresso from single-group superautomatic Schaerer Ambiente machines, dumping the result in a small paper cup. However, it comes here without the SFO airport prices: prices are relatively normal. Surprisingly, the espresso was quite decent. It has a medium to darker brown crema of modest thickness, and a richer, pungent flavor of cloves and other herbals plus some smokiness. Surprising, really.