Latte Express

Overall Rating: 3.550

Address: 600 Kearny St.
Cross Street(s): Sacramento St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Phone: 415.296.8838
Hours: M-F 5:30am-7pm; Sa 5:30am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rio
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 2
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 6
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 07/17/2003
First Reviewed: 07/17/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Chain coffee house (and everything else) on a grungy corner near the Financial District. (The "we open 7 days a week" on their business cards reflects its Chinatown proximity.) Vietnamese sandwiches, baked goods, and coffee. Some indoor counter seating and a few metal sidewalk tables among the downtown bustle. The owner claimed that she uses Illy beans for their espresso, but it is anything but. (Her blatant lying was all the more unnecessary since I asked after ordering.) There was no characteristic Illy aroma, and the flavor curiously tastes very much like Peerless - given that they clearly label Peerless on their drip coffee. Their espresso has a pale but even crema that coats the surface well. The overflowing cup is clearly overextracted, yet it's surprisingly not too bitter. Typical Peerless flavor of mild pepper/drip coffee.