Grand Prix

Overall Rating: 7.650


Address: 1 Tillman Pl.
Cross Street(s): Off Grant Ave., btwn Post & Sutter Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.260.1262
Hours: M-F 7:30am-4pm; Sa-Su 9am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 04/08/2011
First Reviewed: 03/04/2011
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
The latest in this small chain of faux independent, local, makeshift coffee bars (kiosks, really) gives the Azul club a day job before it becomes a bar at night. Tucked away in a corner off of Grant Ave., you walk to the end of the short alley (with outdoor bistro tables & chairs) and up the few steps into the bar to find a stand-up coffee bar sporting a two-group La Marzocco Linea with Grand Prix branding. Inside it's bar-dark, with dark wood and low lighting and typically barriers from reaching the rest of the bar. There's a short hallway in which to stand, but there is not much in the way of seating. They pull shots appropriately short with a mottled medium brown crema of decent thickness. There's almost no sweetness to the cup, however - unlike the espresso at its sister cafés (Vega Special Xtra, etc.). Thus it exhibits a narrower flavor profile, which also is lacking a bright edge. Not the best of the chain, but it will do if you're nearby. They shine a bit more on their milk-based drinks, with a greater balance of flavors, well-integrated microfoam, and some prime latte art.