Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 6.800


Address: 595 Market St., Suite 143
Cross Street(s): Btwn 1st & 2nd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.655.2640
Hours: M-F 5:30am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Japan Ceramic
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 07/15/2011
First Reviewed: 12/11/2008
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This Peet's epitomizes their 2007-2008 corporate strategy of carpetbombing the city with new cafés - just as Starbucks reeled back on losses. Opening in Nov. 2008, this café was built on an odd patch of street-facing pavement between the 595 Market St. office building and Stacey's Bookstore - on what used to be a flower market kiosk. The building was constructed on essentially 'squatter' land, molded around the angular corner of the neighboring office building. They added patio sidewalk seating with railings, metal tables and chairs, and parasols outdoors. Indoors, they have a simple tables. This location was immediately popular with the locals, despite there being about three other Peet's with a block's walk - so you can't say that they're oversaturated. Using dual two-group La Marzocco Linea machines, they pull shots with an even, plain (it almost looks fake), medium-to-light brown crema of a modest thickness. While served as a properly short shot, there's a medicinal edge to its flavor of pepper and some smoke that's unusual - and not altogether positive - for a Peet's. Served in a Peet's logo cup without a saucer.