Illy Caffè

Overall Rating: 7.550

Address: 505 Sansome St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Clay & Washington Sts. at Merchant St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.994.2201
Hours: M-F 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/24/2016
First Reviewed: 05/24/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

illy caffè North America has opened up yet another non-Espressamente café in San Francisco - this one in the eastern shadow of the Transamerica Pyramid in the heart of the Financial District. Like the other illy caffè on Union St. that predated it, the food menu is a bit more involved and the service levels are just a touch higher. There's the requisite illy Art Collection chandelier made of their designer cups as you walk into the 1352-sqft space capable of seating 32 patrons. Tall windows overlook the modern SF firehouse across the street with various café tables spread about for lingering. Behind a large pastry counter (from City Bakery and Tout Sweet Patisserie) they operate a two-group La Marzocco Strada machine. With it they've pulled shots with a picture-perfect, medium brown tiger-striped crema of modest thickness. The flavor profile is classic illy: mild spices, wood, and a broader flavor profile. Served in designer IPA logo cups. Milk-frothing here is good: it may not be the prettiest, but it has a good texture and density. As illy has gotten into signature drinks lately, upon visit they were featuring their summer-ready illy Espressoda and a dessert-worthy illy Cinnamon Vanilla Affogato.