Saeco Caffè

Overall Rating: 7.100


Address: 15 Orange St.
Cross Street(s): Mill St., in the 15 on Orange Hotel complex
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8000
Neighborhood: Gardens
Phone: +27.21.469.8000
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; Sa-Su 9am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Saeco
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Saeco
Cup Manufacturer: Bodum AG
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 07/20/2010
First Reviewed: 07/20/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This unusual café resides at the base of the five-star 15 on Orange Hotel. On the upper floor, it has a serving area with a two-group Saeco Steel SE 200 at a bar, a number of black tables and chairs, a branded lit display, a couple of Saeco home machines on display, a fashionable clothing and jewelry shop, and a few baked goods under glass. Outside there's a patio with three plastic chairs and café tables under parasols advertising Saeco. Downstairs there's more black tables and chairs and an array of several home Saeco machines for demonstration. Together the place is wrapped heavily in Saeco red & black branding, giving it a Segafredo Zanetti-like feel. But this café, currently unique in the world, is Saeco's showcase for their machines and coffee - a sort of counter to the Nespresso showrooms planted all over the world. Despite the hip, modern feel of the place, the friendly barista leaves the portafilter handles cooling in the drip tray. But when the machine is in service (there are few customers ever in here), they pull shots of Saeco coffee (also sold here in kilo-sized bags) into plastic, transparent, double-walled Bodum cups. You can see a good 2mm layer of even, medium brown crema. But despite the rich aroma and good looks, the flavor is a bit of a disappointment: flat, a little tarry, but otherwise pungent cloves. Served on a silver platter with a large glass of water. R12.