The Plant - Cafe Organic

Overall Rating: 7.500


Address: Embarcadero Pier 3
Cross Street(s): Pier 3, btwn Washington & Broadway Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.984.1973
Hours: M-Su 7:30am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 02/04/2012
First Reviewed: 02/04/2012
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This small, local chain of restaurants and cafés goes heavy on the organic and sustainable labels, but they generally do a decent job despite the emphasis on identity politics. The restaurant at this location has tables inside and on a covered section alongside the pier. Across a breezeway from the entrance to the restaurant lies the café, which is where the coffee service - but no seating - resides. Using a two-group Linea in the back behind the counter, they pull shots of Blue Bottle with a thin body and a mottled medium and dark brown crema. It's a decent, although not too memorable, a cup - with a balanced flavor between some herbal pungency and mild spices. Served in classic brown ACF cups.