Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 7.100

Address: 680 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): 3rd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.593.8945
Hours: M-F 5:30am-8pm; Sa-Su 6am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Japan Ceramic
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 01/28/2010
First Reviewed: 09/15/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This Peet's opened in Summer '06. They have a few windowside caf´┐Ż tables and a few metal sidewalk tables along 3rd St., beneath parasols. Inside, they use dueling two-group La Marzocco Linea machines to pull good espresso shots. The first time I was here the shots were excellent, but the body has weakened on repeat visits. The flavor and body have also lost a little with the inevitable barista turnover. They now pull shots with a decent layer of a pale-to-medium brown crema. Where the highlight of the cup was once its body (exceptionally full, rich, and thick - a true ristretto), it's now an overall good espresso on equal merits across the board. It has a potent, pungent flavor of herbs and some cloves. But the weaker-bodied shots now have lost a bit of that flavor depth and mouthfeel, despite a persistently rich crema.