Sip Café

Overall Rating: 7.650


Address: 0 Post Office Square
Cross Street(s): Franklin & Congress Sts., across 185 Franklin St.
City, State ZIP: Boston, MA 02110
Neighborhood:
Phone: 617.338.3080
Hours: M-F 6:30am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: George Howell Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $2.05
Last Update: 04/12/2013
First Reviewed: 04/12/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Owner Jared Mancini learned his original trade managing a Torrefazione Italia (or "T.I.", as some old-timers in the region like to call it), later at Boston's Steaming Kettle Starbucks, and then George Howell Coffee before starting this shop here. And this is an unusual spot: essentially what looks like a glass greenhouse turned into a café on the open grounds of Post Office Square/Norman Leventhal Park. There's park bench seating outdoors for those who might brave the weather. Inside there's a curved service counter with an assortment of black wooden tables in what does feel like a greenhouse - just without the plants. They serve George Howell Coffee (Daterra Farms Brazil Calabria Roast Espresso for espresso, plus Tarrazu Costa Rica, etc.). Using a three-group La Marzocco GB/5 off to the side, they pull shots with a dark brown, textured crema that's served as a thinner layer on a body-forward shot. Its flavor shows chocolate notes, some caramel and minimal brightness. Curiously, it has the texture, body, and even a bit of flavor like a bittersweet hot chocolate. Served in green "Terra" ceramics with metallic detailing. We'd score their savvy a little higher, but their medium cappuccino is a disappointing vast, milky soup bowl - swimming in milk with a light layer of blurred latte art foam. We're scared of what the latte must be like.