Cafe Madeleine

Overall Rating: 6.850

Address: 149 New Montgomery St.
Cross Street(s): Natoma St., btwn Mission & Howard Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.227.4077
Hours: M-F 6:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 09/05/2008
First Reviewed: 12/17/2004
Notes: None

Newest installment of a small French caf´┐Ż/bakery/confectioner chain -- complete with all staff in their white "labcoats". It's true to their other locations, with high ceilings and limited seating among small tables. Using their typical three-group Faema E91 Ambassador (from Mr. Espresso), they produce an espresso with a properly concentrated volume ... dare I say even "ristretto" short at times. It has their typically swirling, darker, thicker crema. (The crema can run a little thinner at times, but that's about the only main variation.) The flavor consists of tobacco and a sharp herbal pungency that sometimes borders on bitterness, but in more recent years it's been pleasantly sweeter. This results in a flavorful cup with real boldness, and it has finally attained much of the sweetness it once lacked. And why they sometimes serve a single espresso in a large styrofoam-paper paper cup is still beyond comprehension. Their more recent use of oversized paper cups isn't much better. Their milk-based drinks aren't too bad, although the foam bubbles can run a touch large.