Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 5.500

Address: 845 Market St.
Cross Street(s): At the basement-level food court in the Westfield Centre
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.979.0106
Hours: M-Sa 9:30am-9pm; Su 10am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 03/09/2010
First Reviewed: 09/29/2006
Notes: None

Located in the bowels of the Westfield Centre basement food court, located near the BART/Muni entrance, this Peet's looks like a byproduct of overly aggressive Peet's expansion on the surface. The espresso here started out surprisingly decent, but with time the quality declined: larger (and less flavorful) shots, a less textured and healthy-looking crema, spottier milk frothing. Using a two-group La Marzocco machine (despite the lines here, they lacked the volume to support their original two machines), they pull espresso shots with a plain, medium brown crema of light thickness, and a medium-bodied pungent taste that's bordering tobacco-like smokiness. Served in a paper cup, this was once good for Peet's but has since become a clear laggard in the chain - fit for tourists more than locals.