Segafredo Express

Overall Rating: 5.250

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 865 Market St.
Cross Street(s): 5th St., in the Concourse level of the SF Shopping Centre
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.348.1075
Hours: M-Sa 9:30am-8pm; Su 11am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Segafredo Zanetti
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 09/08/2006
First Reviewed: 08/06/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales

Located in the deepest bowels of a downtown SF shopping mall. Less espresso bar than its neighborhood sisters, and more counter café (sandwiches, pastries, and coffee) - with Segafredo-branded red & black tables and chairs at the bottom of a tall atrium. Bland, overpriced, reheated food makes your high school cafeteria seem like a step up. Modern three-group La San Marco machine still shows the dent from when a customer leapt five floors onto it, and lived, in June 2003 (replaced in late 2007 with a dingier La Spaziale). With it they produce a very dark brown crema that rapidly thins. Over-roasted burnt, and somewhat bitter, flavor is primarily ashy - although it does have a full mouthfeel and a more pleasant aftertaste. S.F.'s Coffeemax services their machine and could do much better. [CLOSED: Rebranded Café Bellini in 2007.]