Caf� Insalata

Overall Rating: 5.850

Address: 209 Jackson St.
Cross Street(s): Front St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.398.4737
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 8
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/01/2011
First Reviewed: 03/01/2011
Notes: None

Divey salad bar and some low-wage employees offer lunch edibles and coffee. The Illy branding from their previous supplier still pervades the environment (complete with dead cans of the stuff lying about) - down to the two-group La Spaziale machine behind the front counter with Illy logos still attached. They've since replaced Illy with an unusual Marin roaster with the silly name of "Club Caffeine" (nevermind that half their blends are decaffeinated). They pull a short shot with a medium blonde crema in a paper cup. Yet it's surprisingly better than expected: a decent body, a flavor of tobacco and some more darkly-roasted turpeny elements with some caramelized sweetness.