Place of Cafe

Overall Rating: 2.700


Address: 1355 Sutter St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Van Ness Ave. & Franklin St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415.563.8079
Hours: M-F 10:30am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 3.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 2.20
Aroma: 2
Body: 2
Brightness: 2
Crema: 4
Flavor: 1
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $0.95
Last Update: 08/01/2003
First Reviewed: 08/01/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
Unusual Japanese café next to a parking garage that serves pre-packaged sushi, sandwiches, soup/udon made on-site, and espresso. It feels like someone's cramped apartment kitchen. Prominent Illy branding, sales. Several small indoor tables. Single-group UNIC Phoenix machine is operated by charming, thoroughly Japanese staff. The espresso is terrible - watery, thin, and with a drip-like flavor and body. But the novelty of being served Italian espresso by polite Japanese staff almost makes it worth a visit (read: it doesn't). Served in a drip-sized coffee mug with saucer.