Tazza D'Amore

Overall Rating: 5.350

Address: 700 4th St.
Cross Street(s): Inside the Caltrain Station, off 4th & Townsend Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: China Basin
Phone: 415.344.0098
Hours: M-F 6:30am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Conti
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 4
Body: 8
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Moschetti Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.40
Last Update: 07/18/2008
First Reviewed: 07/18/2008
Notes: Kiosk

This large coffee-and-sandwiches kiosk resides inside the Caltrain Station and is thus largely unknown to anyone but commuters (and customers who oddly fawn over owner Markus Merlino). This is the sister caf´┐Ż to a location on 16th St. in the Castro. Both are often mistakenly called "Caffe D'Amore". ("Tazza" is what the health inspectors call it and it's what's printed on the signage, so that works for us.) It's located in the lobby before boarding the trains that pull up to the station, complete with espresso cup decorations and a "friends don't let friends drink Starbucks" bumper sticker. They also sell sandwiches and smoothies. Using a three-group Conti Xeos machine supplied through Moschetti (as is their coffee), they pull a regulation-sized shot with a healthy layer of medium brown crema. It has a darkly pungent flavor of tobacco and cloves which comes on a touch strong, but we'll take that over overextracted anyday. It may be just a touch harsh, but it has a full body.