Starbucks Coffee

Overall Rating: 5.950

Address: 340 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Fremont & Beale Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.538.0900
Hours: M-Th 5:30am-8:30pm; F 5:30am-7pm; Sa 7am-3:30pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Verismo
Coffee Rating: 5.90
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Starbucks Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 04/22/2005
First Reviewed: 04/22/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

One of what was once two Starbucks on this block that are only 3 doors apart. This one appears to be indoor seating only. Friendly, but rather unskilled, staff. Barista Dee posts her recommendations for coffee drinks on a chalkboard, and they inevitably sound more like dessert than coffee. They serve espresso with a decent layer of swirling, medium brown crema. And the pour is exactly the right size (about three sips), so the flavor doesn't suffer from over-extraction. In fact, it has a rather intense bite of strong tobacco and ashiness.