On The Go Espresso

Overall Rating: 5.500

Address: 100 Spear St.
Cross Street(s): Mission St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.771.2696
Hours: M-F 5:30am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Brasilia
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Eureka Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.15
Last Update: 06/28/2006
First Reviewed: 08/04/2003
Notes: Kiosk

Mobile espresso cart/kiosk at Mission & Spear Streets. There's also one around the corner at the 120 Howard St. courtyard. No place nearby to sit and sip, so it's all "to go." Espresso is served in a small paper cup (when available) from a three-group Brasilia. The crema is typically thin and an uneven medium brown; it dissipates quickly and regularly contains larger bubbles. With a smoky flavor that's a touch ashy. Beware when they're out of small cups: the large ones are used and the barista intentionally overextracts to fill them.