Citizen Cupcake

Overall Rating: 6.600

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

Address: 2 Stockton St.
Cross Street(s): Market St.; on the 3rd Floor of the Virgin Megastore
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.399.1565
Hours: M-Sa 9am-10pm; Su 10am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 02/22/2008
First Reviewed: 12/20/2004
Notes: Coffee Sales

This offspring of Citizen Cake is a café/bar at the top floor of the downtown Virgin Megastore. They offer panini, pastries, wine, beer, sake drinks, and espresso. Plus a few (less than before) high-end chocolates and other edibles. There's even a self-service cupcake decorating bar at times. Seating is either at a curving counter with stools or low cushions and tables at the large windows overlooking sunset views of downtown. Using a two-group, UNIC Twin Phoenix, they serve espresso with a thinner medium brown crema of decent consistency. It's rather full in their Illy-logo, or Illy designer, IPA cups, so their espresso can be thin-bodied - but with the usual Illy aroma and flavor of wood and mild spices. They can also be sloppy in presentation: a bit of espresso splatter at times. Shots can inconsistently vary in thickness of the crema (probably due to Illy can freshness) and body. [CLOSED: Shut down in 2009 along with the Virgin Superstore that housed it.]