Chatz Coffee

Overall Rating: 5.450

Address: 215 Second St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Howard & Folsom Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.357.1514
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Chatz Roasting Company
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.00
Last Update: 11/20/2007
First Reviewed: 05/13/2003
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

They're back. This tiny walk-up window/kiosk for ordering anything served in paper cups shut down in April 2007 as "Chat Coffee" in an ugly name dispute and landlord protest over rent. They reopened a few months later with their original legit owners and Chatz Roasting Company (near Modesto, CA) affiliation back in place - who first pulled out of here in a Feb 2005 sell-off. (The interim owners even lied about their bean sources.) A fold-down, mutant bench is their lone seating option. Staff with marginal training is now replaced with more competency. They don't grind their beans to order - doing batches in advance. They serve espresso with a medium-brown, textured crema of moderate thickness (it used to be thin and pale). Flavorwise, the cup has a mild pungency of some depth but little sweetness. There are also clove-like elements to its flavor with some smokiness that coats the tongue. Good body or "mouthfeel" either way. The paper cups they use taints the flavor, though.