Posh Bagel

Overall Rating: 3.400

Address: 4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level
Cross Street(s): Drumm St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.986.8688
Hours: M-F 6am-5pm; Sa-Su 9am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 2.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 4
Body: 4
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Java City
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 09/19/2008
First Reviewed: 09/19/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This former Java City Bakery & Cafe in the Embarcadero Center switched to a Posh Bagel in 2007, and the coffee has suffered since (not to mention they have some of the area's worst bagels). Ignore the Moloka'i MuleSkinner coffee sacks on walls - though they do still serve Java City here. When asking the "barista" about the origins of their beans, we noted their Mr. Espresso-supplied grinder, to which they errantly said, "Yes, we use Mr. Espresso beans." (We hate it when the staff makes stuff up when we ask them.) Among a few fast food tables inside and out, you can enjoy a forgettable espresso made from their three-group Faema E91 Diplomat. They serve it with a patchy layer of medium to light brown crema over an extra-large pour in a large Solo paper cup. It has a watery flavor with an edge of tobacco, some ash, and some pepper. It's not altogether terrible for strong drip coffee, but we question whether you can really call it "espresso".