Bread & Cocoa

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 199 Sutter St.
Cross Street(s): Kearny St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.956.7200
Hours: M-F 6:30am-6:30pm; Sa-Su 8:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 12/15/2008
First Reviewed: 12/15/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Opening in Nov. 2008 on the site of a former Briazz chain shop, this corner caf� isn't much of a leap from its predecessor. They serve sandwiches, soups, and salads as before - but with an emphasis on cocoa and espresso. The store seeps causes from its signage: Fair Trade coffee and cocoa, Clover organic milk, etc. - although that's the price of entry for doing business in SF these days. In addition to a wall of prepared foods and a central counter with a small, two-group E91 Faema Diplomat machine, there's seating along the corner windows and some outdoor searing along Sutter at caf� tables. Deep in its recesses are the free Internet junkies on laptops, banished to the corner with power cords dangling from the ceiling. In making a shot from Mr. Espresso beans, the barista is slow, careful, and deliberate. The resulting cup has a mottled, textured, medium-brown crema of average thickness, but it congeals rather richly. The shots also run on the short side, served in black ACF cups. Despite all that, it is relatively lacking in flavor. There's no real "punch" to the shot - with a tepid, mellow flavor of mild spices. Somehow they manage to serve a shot with a proper size and a promising crema that doesn't live up to your expectations.