Battery Street Coffee Roastery

Overall Rating: 4.800


Address: 950 Battery St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn. Vallejo & Green Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.956.9772
Hours: M-F 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 4
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Battery Street Coffee Roastery
Cup Manufacturer: Walküre
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 12/22/2010
First Reviewed: 12/22/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales

Review
This café is a mirror image of the other street-named neighborhood roastery cafés in SF (Chestnut St., Howard St.). They're remainders of their 1990s heyday but still operate under separate owners. Like its sisters, there's a mismatch of café tables and chairs, old painted walls, storage of darkly roasted coffee beans in old wall bins exposed to the elements for maximum oxidation and staleness, and chalkboard menus advertising sandwiches, salads, and other edibles. They offer "Dark Roast" coffees for retail sale - including a Colombian Dark, Kenyan, Costa Rican, Kona, and other cultivars whose flavors are easily lost under heavy roasting treatment. Using an old four-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull shots with a pale, thin crema served tall in an Illy-logo Walküre cappuccino cup with no saucer. Surprisingly, it's not watery for its pour size. But the espresso has a plain flavor of pepper and some spice and serves better as filter drip coffee.