Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 6.850

Address: 2197 Fillmore St.
Cross Street(s): Sacramento St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhood: Fillmore
Phone: 415.563.9938
Hours: M-F 5:30am-9pm; Sa 6am-9pm; Su 6am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Syrup-like
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.80
Last Update: 11/30/2011
First Reviewed: 11/04/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Corner chain espresso bar is expectedly crowded on mornings among all the passing SUVs, European luxury cars, and Muni buses in this youthful neighborhood. Good counter seating along the front windows - when available (they even have a metal pole for a footrest). Otherwise a handful of small indoor tables, some sidewalk bench seating in front, and a few metal sidewalk caf´┐Ż tables along Sacramento St. A lot of floorspace is dedicated to merchandising - Cuisinart and Gaggia (and no longer La Pavoni) machines and a large retail selection of teas. An almost exclusive reliance on paper cups. This shows in their messy prep-work on "for here" orders (spillage, mismatched saucers, etc.). Actually, their entire work station is a mess: one of the sloppiest in SF. Friendly staff, though. Baristas sometimes pour straight into "for here" cups, but sometimes they don't. They serve espresso from a three-group La Marzocco Linea with a good layer of medium brown crema that can sometimes run a little pale. Silky texture and somewhat tepid serving temperature. Flavor can range from sweet and honey-like to a more pedestrian herbal pungency. Whatever it is, while their espresso has shown improvements in brightness recently, the flavor is surprisingly meek and understated. It lacks an espresso "kick" - some dynamicism or robustness to its flavor. Occasional grit at the bottom of the cup. There are clearly better Peet's in SF, and yet it is far more popular than the Starbuck's across the street. Milk frothing here is rather dodgy: the foam is even but thinner and in large quantities.