|This location in the Specialty's chain serves espresso in very short lines when compared to the Peet's Coffee just two doors down. It's pretty much a grand, walk-in kiosk with no seating. However, there's plenty of ambiance outside where you can sip out of your paper cup in the refined elegance of pigeons and homeless-proof benches beneath Douglas Tilden's Mechanics memorial sculpture. Using a fully-automated Franke Ecolino machine, they serve espresso as a small shot in a small paper cup (when available). It has a richer, medium-to-darker brown crema that can dissipate quickly. Using Intelligentsia's Espresso Blend, the flavor is a bit of a pleasant surprise given everything else: herbal, woody, and with some smoke and a lighter, baker's chocolate-like sweetness and not one iota of bitterness. Still, it's not a sweet cup.