Specialty's Cafe & Bakery

Overall Rating: 4.800

Address: 22 Battery St.
Cross Street(s): Market & Bush Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.834.0157
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.00
Barista: 2
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Franke
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Intelligentsia
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.10
Last Update: 07/14/2005
First Reviewed: 07/14/2005
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

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.