Cable Car Coffee Company

Overall Rating: 3.500

Address: 900 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Powell St., at the lower BART/Muni plaza level
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.399.9656
Hours: M-Su 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 2.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Pasquini
Coffee Rating: 4.20
Aroma: 4
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Unknown
Cup Manufacturer: Styrofoam
Price: $1.40
Last Update: 11/03/2003
First Reviewed: 11/03/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Coffee served to tourists out of a cable car. Several outdoor (only) tables with parasols at the Powell St. Muni pit. Plain but, for a tourist trap, relatively inexpensive sandwiches and salads. Like many places that claim to have the best coffee in SF, they have no clue as to who roasts their beans. Brass peacock-capped Pasquini produces a white, bare crema that quickly dissolves. Clove-like flavor includes some smoke, tobacco, and drip-coffee-like pepper. A little grit in the styrofoam cup, but its surprisingly not as bad as my very low expectations projected.