Michael Mina

Overall Rating: 6.850

Address: 335 Powell St.
Cross Street(s): Geary Blvd., in the Westin St. Francis Hotel
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.397.9222
Hours: M-Sa 5:30pm-10pm; Su 5:30pm-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Verismo
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Royal Doulton
Price: $4.00
Last Update: 09/02/2006
First Reviewed: 09/02/2006
Notes: None

This decadent dining establishment ups the ante on most hotel dining rooms in the city. The food and decor are as over-the-top as the credit card bill. For espresso, they use a single-group superautomatic machine that grinds the beans and everything after - it appears to be a Verismo that didn't end up in a Starbucks. For beans, they use a modified version of Peet's Major Dickason's blend (they add more Kenyan). The resulting cup has a light film of pale crema and a mellow flavor of mild spice. It's not a flavorful cup by any means, but it is pleasantly understated. (This is about as close as espresso gets to decent tea.)