Barbary Coast Pastry & Coffee

Overall Rating: 2.900

Address: 55 Cyril Magnin St.
Cross Street(s): Eddy St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.989.3888
Hours: Su-Sa 5:30am-8:45pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 2.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 3.00
Aroma: 2
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 2
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Superior
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 02/02/2004
First Reviewed: 02/02/2004
Notes: None

Fluorescent donut shop lighting adds to the ambiance at the base of the Parc 55 Hotel. A typical small corner coffee shop/bakery with booths along the windows. They claim to use Illy coffee, but the can the point to is pre-ground and there are whole beans in the grinder hopper (note: they also grind ahead). Even more telling is the flavor, which isn't the least bit Illy. Coincidentally, all their drip coffee equipment is branded by Superior, and their espresso has a very similar flavor. Using a two-group UNIC Torino, they serve an espresso tall in a paper thimble with a pour under 15 seconds. Very little (pale) crema. Strong drip coffee flavor with a slight metallic edge, but slightly better than what's typical for Superior coffee.