Lee's Deli

Overall Rating: 0.800

Address: 648 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Kearny & Montgomery Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.421.0648
Hours: M-Sa 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Deli (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 0.80
Barista: 0
Savvy: 0
Ambiance: 1
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 0.80
Aroma: 2
Body: 0
Brightness: 1
Crema: 0
Flavor: 1
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Styrofoam
Price: $0.90
Last Update: 07/24/2003
First Reviewed: 07/24/2003
Notes: None

Don't let the SF Bay Guardian "Best of the Bay" signs in the front window fool you - this is home to some of the nastiest espresso in the city. Dark and scary outlet of a popular, cheap downtown deli chain. Little English is spoken here, so your options for anything out of the ordinary are extremely limited. Among the least savvy/skilled staff when it comes to espresso. The dated La San Marco sits at the ready with the portafilter handles cool and sitting on top of the machine - perhaps an espresso bar's worst offense. The espresso is worse than most drip coffee. No crema. No real body. If you work your tastebuds hard enough, you can barely notice a spice-like flavor. Yet even that competes with a distinct sourness that likely results from the cool brewing temperatures. Revisited in 2008 on a masochistic urge for a blog post and discovered they have discontinued offering espresso. Too bad, given how it defined the precautionary worst of the worst in town for at least educational purposes.