Caffe Sport Deli

Overall Rating: 7.550

Address: 400 Beale St., #101
Cross Street(s): S of Folsom St., in the BridgeView Bldg. beneath Harrison St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.896.5762
Hours: Tu-F 7:30am-7pm; Sa 9:30am-4:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 04/05/2006
First Reviewed: 04/05/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales

This is a sister deli to the Caffe Sport restaurant in North Beach. Located across the USPS in a strange part of town beneath Harrison Street (there's a hidden stairwell down) and on a street that dead ends at the Bay Bridge, you'll find this Italian deli tucked away in the side of the BridgeView building. They sell Mr. Espresso and Lavazza coffee, but they are big believers in serving Mr. Espresso. Anthony, the barista, is one of the friendliest baristas you will ever meet. He uses a three-group Faema E91 Ambassador to pull an espresso shot with a thick and rather rich layer of medium brown crema; it persists for a long time on an espresso filled tall in their Mr. Espresso-logo Nuova Point cups. Flavorwise, it doesn't quite live up to the bold statement made by the crema and the cup's other technical merits: it's smooth, but the flavor of pepper and cedar is somewhat muted (perhaps due in part to the grind of coffee being too coarse). Still a very good espresso. Be watchful, however, if Anthony isn't on shift; the other staff here have been sketchier in the quality of their espresso preparation.