Melt Gelato & Crepe Caf�

Overall Rating: 6.450

Address: 845 Market St., Suite FE14
Cross Street(s): At the basement-level food court in the Westfield Centre
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.896.6358
Hours: M-Sa 9:30am-9pm; Su 10am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: ECM
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caff� D'arte
Cup Manufacturer: Poland Ceramic
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 11/09/2006
First Reviewed: 11/09/2006
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

This franchise gelato retailer opened in Sep 2006 along with the rest of the old Emporium wing of the Westfield Centre mall. (They're in the center of the food court lower level.) They sell gelato, crepes, and some espresso drinks on the side. They use a two-group ECM Raffaello, but the awkward staff doesn't know enough to not store the portafilter handles cooling in the drip tray away from the machine. This results in a cool serving temperature, but surprisingly it does not completely ruin the cup. They measure their espresso pours in marked shotglasses and serve them as double shots. The resulting cup is almost half crema on top, and it has a smooth body and good aroma. While it is light on flavor, it's not watery - mostly an herbal/warming mix with some peppery notes.