Segafredo Zanetti

Overall Rating: 3.950

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 28 Cyril Magnin St.
Cross Street(s): Powell St. & Market St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.398.3200
Hours: M-F 6:30am-1:30pm; Sa-Su 6:30am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Astra
Coffee Rating: 4.90
Aroma: 5
Body: 4
Brightness: 4
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Segafredo Zanetti
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/23/2006
First Reviewed: 10/02/2004
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Formerly Café Powell, a café inside the modern Powell Hotel, Segafredo Zanetti replaced this location with just a window counter in October 2004. By later in 2005, it was a standalone, full-fledge café resident inside the hotel once again. (Later still, it shared what little space it has as a San Francisco Soup Company.) When Café Powell vacated the premises, they apparently took the tables and chairs with them - leaving only two small wooden tables. They once had a barista who rightfully complained about the over-extraction from the espresso machine (and he was happy that I didn't want it overextracted), but they must have since fired him in favor of employees with lower standards. (He used to re-pour an espresso that didn't quite meet his standards - obviously grounds for dismissal.) At my last visit, this location achieved espresso incompetence nirvana: the portafilter handles were left cool in the drip tray, and the management even got rid of their Segafredo-logo ACF cups for the exclusive distribution of paper cups. One thing that remains consistent is the terrible machine: the two-group Astra has always had temperature problems - serving espresso a little on the cool side of the temperature scale or, as I discovered more recently, scorching the crema on the surface. The crema isn't as pale as it used to be, but now it's a thin layer of medium and burnt brown with a hole in the center. And instead of a creamy smoothness to the taste, it now has a watery mouthfeel and tastes of diluted, bitter tobacco - you can no longer taste the typical Segafredo spice and woodiness. This is how brand names are destroyed. [CLOSED: Replaced by yet another Café Bellini in 2008.]