Tully's Coffee

Overall Rating: 4.550


Address: 303 Second St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Folsom & Harrison
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.369.9545
Hours: M-F 5:30am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 5
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Tully's Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Buffalo
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 12/05/2007
First Reviewed: 05/21/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
In an outdoor office park court among restaurants, corporate art, and fountains, this chain café serves the usual pastries, milkshakes, and occasional coffee drinks. Using a three-group La Marzocco Linea, they produce a somewhat thin pour. But it has a semi-decent, curious flavor of mild spice and pepper. Served hot. The body can run very thin when the barista du jour is pulling longs. The crema can be a flecked medium brown and yet still too thin. A single is often served in a paper cup, while the other half is discarded in glass (the shame!). They sometimes use a lone, saucerless Buffalo cup for "for here" doubles. If you order something large, like a cappuccino, they can produce a glass or ceramic mug to serve it in from the back of the store - and they'll even preheat it for you. Their milk frothing isn't too bad, although it's uneven, and they're a little sloppy on the presentation. The inconsistency is highly sensitive to labor: decent and poor baristas here seem to come and go often.