Réveille Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 7.500


Address: 396 Pacific Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Sansome & Battery Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.789.6258
Hours: M-F 7:30am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/20/2011
First Reviewed: 12/14/2010
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Because bored and broke foodies tell us that everything tastes better when handed out of the side of a truck, apparently the way to improve the coffee kiosk is to add a parking brake. This big black truck, looking like something the A-Team used on stakeouts, sits at the corner of a parking lot on Sansome St. & Pacific Ave. Tommy & Christopher Newbury opened this service, with license plate REV COF1, in December 2010. They serve Four Barrel Coffee and some pastries from Patisserie Philippe. On weekends, your guess is as good as ours on where to find them. There are four slated wooden stools off the side of this coffee RV. But despite the parking lot ambiance, the coffee is quite good. They use a two-group La Marzocco Linea, and naked portafilters, to pull shots of Friendo Blendo in small white Nuova Point espresso cups (surprise! it's not all paper) with a small glass of sparkling water on the side. Nice touch. The resulting cup has that sharp Friendo Blendo acidity: a brightness bomb espresso that will make any Italian double over, but if you like immensely flavorful North American style shots this works. It comes with a textured medium brown crema and a flavor of bright pungency, some cedar, and a touch of subtle sweetness to round out the profile. They are much weaker at milk frothing: the microfoam isn't consistent nor rich, and the brightness of the coffee is muted beyond recognition. Even if the general flavor is good, the rest falls flat. They also offer French press coffee and pour-over (Clever dripper) shots of several cultivars (at the time: coffees from Guatemala, Sulawesi, Costa Rica, and Kenya). Yes, the roach coach with gourmet food (and prices) may be an overblown fad. And sure, there's irony in SF coffeeshops that gave rise to a reported "Bedouin" remote worker culture might naturally become nomads themselves; some coffeeshops will do anything to evade laptop zombies. But when the execution is this good, you can't complain.