Caff� Trieste

Overall Rating: 5.800

Address: 1667 Market St.
Cross Street(s): Gough St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Phone: 415.551.1000
Hours: M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F 6:30am-11pm; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 4
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Caffe Trieste
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.70
Last Update: 07/07/2006
First Reviewed: 07/07/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This new location is a bit like the North Beach mothership: photos of Bill Cosby and Loni Anderson deck the walls and there's an Italian mural on the back wall. But this location is decidedly more modern - there are nicer wood floors and furniture, flat screen monitors with Internet access, and a greater emphasis on exotic teas. When it comes to the espresso, they use a three-group, Line 95 La San Marco machine to produce shots with a thin layer of lighter brown crema that dissipates quickly. Flavorwise, it's ashy and somewhat bitter. A genuine disappointment for fans of good espresso. Served in wide-mouthed, brown ACF ceramic cups.