Sausalito Espresso

Overall Rating: 3.850

Address: 100 First Plaza, Suite 160
Cross Street(s): On Mission St. near 1st St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.222.9922
Hours: M-F 6am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 4.50
Aroma: 6
Body: 3
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 07/10/2007
First Reviewed: 03/24/2004
Notes: Coffee Sales

This storefront caf´┐Ż opened in October 2003. Limited stool seating against the side wall (they got replaced their small newsstand for more tables). Owner/barista, Sam Twal, gets specialty roasts from America's Best Coffee - and formerly Capricorn - and he genuinely loves them. With the lengthy slogan, "Have you had a good cup of coffee lately?," they once served a decent, but not great, espresso that has since become progressively worse. Now it tends to be served with a thin, medium-to-light brown speckled crema with larger bubbles over many ounces (!) of diluted espresso in a paper cup. (Doubles are even more ridiculously sized: about 7 oz.) Sam will ask if you like it short (calling it a "ristricto" [sic]), but his staff don't have a clue in that department. They use a three-group La Spaziale Super 3000 and an iffy bean supplier, so it's not entirely surprising. The cup has a subtle (and heavily watered-down) flavor of spice with elements of wood and smoke. Too many choices nearby that are far better to ever come here.