On The Go Espresso

Overall Rating: 6.000

Address: 120 Howard St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Spear & Main Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.771.2696
Hours: M-F 5:30am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.15
Last Update: 09/22/2006
First Reviewed: 09/22/2006
Notes: Kiosk

Mobile espresso cart/kiosk at the 120 Howard St. courtyard. (The sister kiosk is around the corner at Mission & Spear Streets.) Like its sister, there's no real place to sit and sip - so everything is all "to go." Despite how much that offends my sensibilities, they serve a pretty decent espresso - better than their sister kiosk - in a small paper cup from a two-group La Spaziale. Here the staff (the barista and cashier) seem to know almost all their customers by name - which also indicates how regular the crew is (always a good sign). The cup as a modest layer of an even, healthy looking, medium brown crema and a smoky flavor accented by pepper. Because of its modest pour size, the flavor is relatively concentrated - avoiding the overextracted curse you've come to expect from a spot like this.