Emile's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 5.700

Address: 614 Polk St.
Cross Street(s): Turk St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.673.1081
Hours: M-F 6am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 07/30/2008
First Reviewed: 07/30/2008
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales

This small, stand-up caf´┐Ż is little more than an enclosed kiosk inside the Embassy building, across the hall from the Embassy Hotel and across Polk St. of the former CCA offices. They offer a simple selection of coffee and tea and little else. There's a ledge for leaning up against the front windows while you have your sip, but that's it: stand-up service only. Using a two-group Faema, they pull slightly large shots of espresso with a medium brown crema of decent thickness and texture with a little pattern to it (a healthy sign). The body is a touch watery for the decent crema, reflective of the size of the pour. It tastes mostly of pepper and some spices, and is generally served on the hot side in paper cups.