Boxed Foods Company

Overall Rating: 7.300

Address: 245 Kearny St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Bush & Sutter Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.981.9376
Hours: M-F 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 9
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Glass
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 08/12/2009
First Reviewed: 08/12/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales

This small lunch spot, replacing a former sandwich shop called Gourmet Provisions, serves boxed meals to go, but it does offer some limited for-here dining among tiny, two-person tables along the way next to the tight serving area. Front and center, however, is a two-group La Marzocco GB/5 at the front counter and a lot of Blue Bottle Coffee Co. branding. They sell a few varietals as beans and use their Hayes Valley espresso blend for pulling shots. The barista is slow and deliberate, making a careful pour into Libbey restaurant supply glasses. The shot comes with a tall layer of a thicker, rich-looking, textured, darker brown crema. It's gorgeous stuff, but it sets the expectation bar a bit high when you sip it: it's a bit mellow and subdued and has a lighter body than appearances would suggest. Flavorwise, it has some pungent herbs, wood, chocolate, and cinnamon elements - so the complexity is there. It's just toned down a bit.