Pearl's International Beverages

Overall Rating: 6.550

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 329 West Portal Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 14th & 15th Aves.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94127
Neighborhood: West Portal
Phone: 415.566.5832
Hours: M-F 6:30am-11pm; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 8am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Mr. Espresso
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 08/09/2003
First Reviewed: 08/09/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Quiet café offers a wide variety of tea, namesake Taiwanese "pearl" drinks, and espresso drinks. Large indoor seating area with soft blue walls and modern track lighting. Outside, there's a single sidewalk table with two stools for rare-weather days in West Portal. About the only register in town that needs a computer mouse. Shiny, new, two-group Mr. Espresso machine produces a thin layer of light brown crema. Served slightly tepid. Subtle spice flavor with brighter, slightly sweet caramel notes. There's also an edge of coffee freshness that's rare to come by from vacuum-sealed roasted coffee bags. As of July 2004, they plan on roasting their own beans in the near future. [CLOSED]