Eppler's Bakery

Overall Rating: 3.850

Address: 758 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Near Grant & O'Farrell Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.392.0101
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm; Sa-Su 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 4.20
Aroma: 2
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 7
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 05/13/2005
First Reviewed: 05/13/2005
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Outdoor Seating

Unassuming storefront in a small bakery chain. With four small indoor tables, window counter seating looking out onto Market St., and two small sidewalk tables outside. It gets a bit of foot traffic, despite the closure of their Mission St. location that was replaced with a Tart to Tart. Using an older Mr. Espresso Faema Due and Mr. Espresso beans (they use Peerless for their drip coffee), they produce an espresso with a proper 2mm, dark brown, congealed crema that clings to the paper cup they serve it in. Like other Eppler's locations, they have surprisingly authentic-looking espresso with a lacking flavor that doesn't live up to its looks. In the center of the crema is a white dot - meaning the brewing temperature is probably too hot. The evidence is high, as the serving temperature is almost scalding - which disguises the fact that it otherwise has a mild ashy/burnt flavor. And it has no aroma.