Caff� Central

Overall Rating: 6.500

Address: 865 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Westfield San Francisco Centre, basement-level food court
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.348.1070
Hours: M-Sa 10am-9pm; Su 10am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caff� Central
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 07/30/2015
First Reviewed: 07/30/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales

The Caff� Central chain is an odd beast -- taking up in tourist traps such as Westfield malls and downtown SF locations. But despite their food court existence, they actually make some very good espresso. Sure, there's the panini, the bubble teas, the salads. But they have a pour-over bar of Hario V60s, they roast their own beans (no longer using Blue Bottle Coffee as before), and they even sell their beans retail now. Using their Red Note blend in a three-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull shots with a speckled dark and medium brown crema of modest sized but rather congealed thickness. It has a full aroma and tastes of some apple-like acidity on the finish. But the flavor profile is primarily pungent, with a good body that coats the tongue with oils. It's served as a two-sip short shot in a paper cup, so beware tourists: this might make you complain for all the wrong reasons.