Cafe Venue

Overall Rating: 5.150

Address: 70 Leidesdorff St.
Cross Street(s): Off California St., btwn Montgomery & Sansome Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.576.1144
Hours: M-F 7am-3:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Panache
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.30
Last Update: 01/19/2007
First Reviewed: 01/19/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This caf� of the chain is located along the quiet, pedestrian-mostly Leidesdorff St., a quiet lane off California St. Some caf� tables with Panache Coffee parasols along Leidesdorff and many cheaper indoor lunch tables. This place seems popular with local corporate office security staffers. Using a three-group La San Marco, they pull espresso shots with a scant, broken film of medium brown crema filled as a shallow layer at the bottom of a large Delco mug. The proper-sized shot ensures a decent body. It has a smoky aroma and a darker, rich flavor of tobacco bordering on ash.