Coffee Cultures

Overall Rating: 8.200


Address: 225 Bush St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Montgomery & Sansome Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.788.7011
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Very 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: S
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Counter Culture Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/08/2014
First Reviewed: 07/24/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
This dedicated coffee shop opened in the summer of 2013 courtesy of Jason Paul, the entertainment-minded partner behind SF's Coffee Bar chain. It's a tiny space that took over for the former Tully's Coffee on this spot, located at the entrance of the East Lobby of 225 Bush office building. They have window counterspace seating among six stools, and that's it. The rest is the service area, a rear wall of Counter Culture Coffee beans, and a wall of merchandising off to the left. And yes, finally coffee roasted on the East Coast is making its way further out West. Using a three-group La Marzocco GB/5, with The Promise Ring cranking on the soundsystem, they pull espresso shots from a couple of bean options. When we first visited, it was CCC's standard Toscano blend and their (very bright) Ethiopian Idido. The barista staffers here are far better than most places at walking you through your options. The resulting Toscano shot is pulled on the short side with a medium, textured brown crema. It's a proper extraction of two sips with a sharp acidity and a limited balance beyond the mid-palate, giving more flavor emphasis in the resinous/black currant realm. Definitely a refreshing option with something different to offer. Milk-frothing tends to be decorative (attentive latte art), consistent, but rather subdued: there's far more milk than foam here in the cappuccino.