Specialty's Cafe & Bakery

Overall Rating: 6.400


Address: 1 Post St.
Cross Street(s): Montgomery St. at Market St., above the Post St. Plaza
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.544.0761
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Intelligentsia
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 02/06/2008
First Reviewed: 02/06/2008
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales

Review
Like it's sister café downstairs in the Post St. Plaza, this above ground kiosk caters to Montgomery St. BART/Muni commuters - but also the bike messengers hanging out along the nearby metal fence enclosing the plaza. No seating: "to go" orders only. They used to use a typical superautomatic Franke machine, but they more recently switched to a three-group La Marzocco Linea, and it's defined a new standard for on-the-go espresso downtown. With the arrival of this machine, and the staff that run it, combined with the separate hours from downstairs, we broke this off into a separate review in Feb 2008. There four stand-up table areas. With the Linea, they pull modestly sized espresso shots with a rich, even, textured, medium-to-dark brown layer of crema. Flavorwise, it is both pungent and smoky but not overbearing: milder cloves and tobacco with some creaminess. Served in a small paper cup (with Intelligentsia branding).