Caffé Kuleto's

Overall Rating: 7.100

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 225 Powell St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Geary Blvd. & Ellis St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.397.3621x20
Hours: M-Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Syrup-like
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 04/01/2008
First Reviewed: 06/02/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Café front for the neighboring Kuleto's restaurant. Small but decorative espresso bar/bakery/wine bar in front of the Villa Florence Hotel. Three indoor tables; one occasionally outdoors on the sidewalk. Jazz music, zinc walls, heavy Illy branding, and sweet bakery smells in the morning. Using a more modern, Illy-branded, two-group UNIC ZR, they pull an espresso with a good rich, dark brown crema. Full body and full, somewhat caramelly flavor. Something is still lacking in the (sometimes paper) cup, but not bad at all. (They have a few Illy designer IPA cups.) Milk-based drinks have microfoam of an inconsistent texture; although they take care and time to put them together, they're not recommended. [CLOSED: Remodeled as Bar Norcini as of 2009.]