Whole Foods Market

Overall Rating: 4.100

Address: 399 Fourth St.
Cross Street(s): Harrison St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.618.0066
Hours: Su-Sa 8am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Grocery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Franke
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 3
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 3
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Allegro Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 03/04/2005
First Reviewed: 03/04/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Inside the always-busy SOMA Whole Foods, under a large sign for "Allegro Handcrafted Coffee," you'll find a small caf´┐Ż towards the northwest corner of this large grocery market. There are several tables and counter-and-stool seating along the 4th St. windows for your snacking and coffee-sipping pleasure, which is regularly interrupted by price checks over the grocery store PA system. There's something unsettling about Whole Foods: for all their emphasis on all-natural and organic ingredients, including their coffee, the place always feels as sterile as the clean room at a chemical plant (not to mention their unblemished, perfectly symmetrical food). Their relatively unskilled baristas use a single group Franke superautomatic machine to produce an espresso with a minimalist film of a pale, large-bubbled crema. Yet surprisingly, the cup has a nice flavor that suggests bakers chocolate and some cedar.