Starbucks Coffee

Overall Rating: 5.700

Address: 44 Montgomery St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Post & Bush Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.397.4394
Hours: M-F 4:30am-7pm; Sa 7:30am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Verismo
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 5
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Starbucks Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 07/31/2003
First Reviewed: 07/31/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

A model, urban Starbucks (and former Pasqua Coffee) that, upon entry, makes you ask, "Do they serve coffee here?" With mood music tailored for a retail clothing store, you're first visually assaulted with all the "stuff": Muppet finger-puppet candy, Tony Bennett CDs, toffee nut popcorn, etc. Somehow they still left some floorspace for seating among several tables & chairs. More retail concept than caf´┐Ż, they still managed to leave it with a somewhat fun, social (and highly commercial) atmosphere. Espresso is served by unskilled baristas from idiot-proof Verismo machines. A very pale, even crema. With a smooth, light tobacco flavor - a surprise over Starbucks' characteristic harsh, burnt coffee taste.