Overall Rating: 7.700

Address: 123 Battery St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn California & Pine Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.544.9960
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm; Sa 8am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 07/24/2013
First Reviewed: 07/24/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Opening in late 2011, this is San Francisco's own outlet of this highly stylized international chain of Illy pushers. It has all the sleek Italian design that you'd expect: red walls, red and black modern furnishings (as if it were copying a Segafredo Zanetti?), and even a cool mobile-like sculpture of a spiraling array of designer Illy cups hanging from the ceiling. It's a small space with only room for a dozen or so customers. Using dual two-group, chrome XP1 La Cimbali machines, they pull shots from big cans of Illy beans that have a mottled medium brown crema of moderate thickness. It has a full body, served as a couple of short sips, and carries a potent acidic flavor for the otherwise standard Illy espresso of mild spices with a hint of wood. Served in preheated designer Illy IPA cups. Reasonable for a chain.