Starbucks Coffee

Overall Rating: 4.200

Address: 689 Townsend St.
Cross Street(s): 8th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.255.7561
Hours: M-F 5am-8pm; Sa 6am-7pm; Su 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 5
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Verismo
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 5
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Starbucks Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 10/10/2008
First Reviewed: 10/10/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This sizeable Starbucks is located in a gentrified "yuppie preserve" - akin to a slice of San Jose in SF - just blocks from the grime of SF's Hall of Justice. It's the only place open for coffee before 8am in the area - that is, without the worry of getting vomited on in line. They commit much of the ample space to retailing, but besides the usual tables and semi-comfy chairs in front there is a small diner counter with decorative mirrors in back. Using dueling "grande" Verismo machines, they pull shots modestly full in the cup with an even, light tan colored crema of scant thickness. The body is watery, and the flavor has a bitter, metallic, and even medicinal edge over some spice and pine. The espresso here is downright foul, even for Starbucks' modest standards. Given the coffee quality here, it's a bit surprising to note the long lines in the mornings. However, that may be more a statement about how there are a lack of comfortable, viable alternatives in the area before 8am. Just how many places at this end of town would have a baby diaper changing station in the men's room? Unfortunately we're reminded of their diaper changing station when we look at the espresso they serve here.