B Restaurant & Bar

Overall Rating: 6.600

Address: 720 Howard St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 3rd & 4th Sts., in the Yerba Buena Center
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415. 495.9800
Hours: M-Sa 11:30am-10pm; Su 10am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Chatz Roasting Company
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 01/12/2007
First Reviewed: 01/12/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Formerly Clouds, this Boxed Foods Company restaurant is the sister to the Oakland location. On the upper terrace level, overlooking the plaza and pedestrians below, with tall glass walls. It's particularly popular with the Moscone Center lunch crowd. With wine fridges prominently displayed next to the two-group red Elektra Maxi at the bar. They sometimes leave their unused portafilter handles cooling in the drip tray. But otherwise, they pull a full shot, with an adequate layer of medium brown, frothy crema with larger bubbles. It has a smoky flavor with a not unpleasant touch of ash, redeemed by a hint of baker's chocolate. Tastes best if combined with milk froth - which here tends to be splotchy. Served in Crate & Barrel cups.