Sausalito Espresso

Overall Rating: 5.750

Address: 50 Beale St.
Cross Street(s): Mission St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.222.9922
Hours: M-F 6am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: America's Best Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 11/08/2006
First Reviewed: 11/08/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating

In a former Starbucks at the SE corner of the Blue Shield of California (formerly Bechtel) Building, this caf´┐Ż has several outdoor sidewalk tables and tight quarters inside with only window counter seating. They're popular for their gyros and even falafel (despite Cafe Algiers around the corner). Using a puny, two-group La Spaziale, I was impressed with what they got out of their generally inferior materials (ABC beans?!). The pour is extra-large and in a paper cup, but the baristas take the necessary time to brew it properly. As a result, it has a darker brown mottled crema of a decent consistency. It's brewed more as a double, so it's not watery at all. In fact, it has a high serving temperature, which enhances the burnt edge to its flavor - which is otherwise made up of smoky tobacco. And while the cup has no sweetness, it carries a surprising boldness that works despite everything running against it.