The Fresh Market

Overall Rating: 5.850

Address: 150 Stockton St.
Cross Street(s): On Geary St. btwn Grant & Stockton Sts., in Nieman Marcus
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.362.3900
Hours: M-W 10am-5pm; Th-Sa 10am-6pm; Su 12pm-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 5
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/26/2009
First Reviewed: 08/26/2009
Notes: None

Small, upscale caf� at the base of Neiman Marcus serves up food and coffee at "Needless Markup" prices to shoppers hungry after retail therapy binges. While the caf� looks very much the same as it did when it was called "NM on the Square", it removed its outdoor seating and replaced its coffee service with something much more pedestrian. Using a UNIC Phoenix Twin-B, they pull shots of Illy that are quite extensive. They serve doubles, for example, in a saucerless IPA coffee cup. The shot has an even, medium brown crema and, despite its pour size, has a decent body and a mellow Illy flavor of spice, herbs, and woodiness. Not bad, but it defines "Needless Markup".