Harpo's Cafe Society

Overall Rating: 2.600

Address: 655 Montgomery St.
Cross Street(s): Washington St. & Columbus Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.391.2965
Hours: M-F 6am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 2.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Schaerer
Coffee Rating: 3.00
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 1
Crema: 4
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 02/08/2006
First Reviewed: 02/08/2006
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

This kiosk beneath the shadow of Transamerica Pyramid is part of a small chain, and this is arguably its weakest link. Pre-packaged sandwiches and coffee with no seating other than the sidewalk table outside. They use a single-group super-automatic to produce an espresso that reminds me of the worst of today's home espresso machines: the paper cup is filled high with a mottled layer of light brown crema with white spots. It's also covered with large bubbles, making it look rather sickly. This is the runny eggs of espresso. Flavorwise, it's terribly watery - with the only hint of flavor being ashiness.