Caf� du Soleil

Overall Rating: 4.650

Address: 600 Townsend St.
Cross Street(s): 7th St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.255.9302
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 4.50
Aroma: 4
Body: 5
Brightness: 3
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 10/10/2008
First Reviewed: 10/10/2008
Notes: Kiosk

This small wooden kiosk/stand sits in the rear lobby of the 600 Townsend building. They have no seating nearby, although there is patio seating outside behind the building/security desk. They serve salads, sliced deli meats, and coffee - and not too much else. They say they "roast their own", but it's really just a custom order from the cheap-and-lowdown America's Best Coffee. Using a two-group Astoria machine, they pull slightly large shots with mottled medium and light brown crema with a white heat dot. At first, their espresso tastes more like the paper cup it's served in than anything else, despite a healthy looking crema. The body is light, but not watery. However, there is a pungent flavor in the cup as you drink closer to the bottom. Otherwise, the shots here are mostly lacking.