Cafe Madeleine

Overall Rating: 6.400

Address: 300 California St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Battery & Sansome Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.362.3332
Hours: M-F 6:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 02/03/2006
First Reviewed: 07/21/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Outdoor Seating

French baker/confectioner also sells quiche, salads, and sandwiches. White, bright storefront with tall, southern-exposure windows along the counter seating. A single indoor table and several sidewalk tables. All the staff in chef whites give it a Macy's/Clinique counter feel. So what's with the paper cups? Espresso is served very hot with a swirling, darker, thick crema. Flavor of interesting spices, smoke, and occasionally a hint of vanilla-like sweetness. It is often uncharacteristically full-bodied for a French-themed place, though its flavor can sometimes border on bitter from scorching the coffee . The crema is consistently very good throughout, however.