Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The

Overall Rating: 6.300

Address: 2201 Fillmore St.
Cross Street(s): Sacramento St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhood: Fillmore
Phone: 415.447.9733
Hours: M-Th 6am-10pm; F 6am-11pm; Sa 6am-12am; Su 7am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Brasilia
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 04/18/2006
First Reviewed: 06/18/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

On a busy Fillmore corner lined with popular sidewalk cafe tables and parasols. Inside there are a dozen more tables and a lot of finished wood grain surfaces, giving it the look of a cheaply remodeled kitchen. Perky young, Burger-King-uniformed employees better suited for Disneyland than good coffee (they gave me the creeps), but this L.A.-based chain likely saves a bit of money given their skill level. They serve espresso with a crema that can vary from a good, even layer of medium brown to a thinner coating of lighter brown. It has a tarry/tobaccoy flavor despite its slightly ashy aroma. Good body and strong acidity from a Brasilia Portofino machine.