Illy Caff�

Overall Rating: 7.550

Address: 505 Sansome St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Clay & Washington Sts. at Merchant St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.994.2201
Hours: M-F 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/24/2016
First Reviewed: 05/24/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

illy caff� North America has opened up yet another non-Espressamente caf� in San Francisco - this one in the eastern shadow of the Transamerica Pyramid in the heart of the Financial District. Like the other illy caff� on Union St. that predated it, the food menu is a bit more involved and the service levels are just a touch higher. There's the requisite illy Art Collection chandelier made of their designer cups as you walk into the 1352-sqft space capable of seating 32 patrons. Tall windows overlook the modern SF firehouse across the street with various caf� tables spread about for lingering. Behind a large pastry counter (from City Bakery and Tout Sweet Patisserie) they operate a two-group La Marzocco Strada machine. With it they've pulled shots with a picture-perfect, medium brown tiger-striped crema of modest thickness. The flavor profile is classic illy: mild spices, wood, and a broader flavor profile. Served in designer IPA logo cups. Milk-frothing here is good: it may not be the prettiest, but it has a good texture and density. As illy has gotten into signature drinks lately, upon visit they were featuring their summer-ready illy Espressoda and a dessert-worthy illy Cinnamon Vanilla Affogato.