United Nations Cafe

Overall Rating: 3.050

Address: 1 United Nations Plaza
Cross Street(s): Leavenworth St., at Market St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Phone: 415.558.9302
Hours: M-F 7:30am-5pm; Sa-Su 6:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 3.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Carimali
Coffee Rating: 2.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 2
Brightness: 4
Crema: 1
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Apffels
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 12/09/2005
First Reviewed: 12/09/2005
Notes: Kiosk

At the front end of the UN Plaza as you exit the Civic Center BART station, you'll encounter this kiosk of a caf´┐Ż run by friendly Asian woman (whom others somehow think is very unfriendly). This is really little more than a convenience store on what has been an on-again-off-again homeless strip, but it's been around for over 30 years on this spot. There's no seating and plenty of pigeons, and questionable signs posted like, "No Fruit Washing Service". Using a two-group La Carimali (which has been reduced to a single group of service), they produce a full paper cup of espresso with no crema. Yep, the classic big cup o' black. So naturally, it's ashy. The kind of espresso you'd make if you haven't cleaned or tuned your equipment in 30 years.