Emporio Armani Cafe

Overall Rating: 4.250

Address: 1 Grant Ave.
Cross Street(s): O'Farrell
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.677.9010
Hours: M-Sa 11am-4:30pm; Su 12pm-4:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 1
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 3.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: England Ceramic
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 05/19/2003
First Reviewed: 05/19/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

SF's installation of this international chain. They serve lunch and other smaller plates either inside among the silk ties or outside among the shoppers. A great place to look good while sipping a bland, overpriced espresso. That they have no coffee grinder says it all (they use pre-ground Illy). Thinner, lacking real crema, and closer to the French style (i.e., glorified drip coffee).