Nordstrom Espresso Bar

Overall Rating: 4.650

Address: 865 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 4th & 5th Sts.; first floor of the S.F. Centre
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.243.8500
Hours: M-F 6:30am-8pm; Sa 8am-8pm; Su 9am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 4
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Coffee Bean International
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 08/19/2005
First Reviewed: 08/19/2005
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales

The Nordstrom department store has a number of in-store espresso bars across the country. This kiosk happens to be on the first floor plaza level of the S.F. Shopping Centre with a few tables for seating just behind it. Using an older, two-group La Marzocco, they pull a larger-sized espresso shot with a thicker layer of blonde crema. They pour it directly into ceramic demitasses rather than tin cups, and then into your double-walled paper cup. It has an almost candy-like smell. Yet the flavor is mostly tobacco, with a little too much ashiness and barely a hint of any sweetness to the cup. It also runs on the thin side.