Focaccia Cafe & Bakery

Overall Rating: 2.550

Address: 119 Sacramento St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Drumm & Davis Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.397.2900
Hours: M-F 5:30am-4:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 2.50
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 2.60
Aroma: 1
Body: 4
Brightness: 3
Crema: 1
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 01/17/2007
First Reviewed: 05/22/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Coffee Sales

This location was always heavy on downtown catering (many morning carts in dispatch) and light on seating. In recent years, they split the storefront between the Focaccia Grill (sit-down service) and the what's now the Focaccia Market-Bakery (no seating). The latter offers decent-looking baked goods and espresso and has taken on that Briazz look of prepared, pre-wrapped lunch items. Using a four-group Rancilio, often with multiple portafilter handles cooling in the drip tray, the very slow espresso bar service here pulls relatively large shots and pours them at the bottom of a large, Peerless-branded paper cup. (They switched from Caff´┐Ż Umbria to Peerless Coffee in recent years.) It has virtually no crema and an ashy odor. Not surprisingly, it also has a rather ashy flavor - though there's a sweeter finish that redeems it slightly. The espresso here is quite inconsistent, with variances typically in body and crema quality.