Vignette

Overall Rating: 4.000


Address: 665 Bush St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Powell & Stockton Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.956.2972
Hours: M-Sa 11:30am-10pm; Su 11:30am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 3.00
Aroma: 2
Body: 2
Brightness: 2
Crema: 6
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caffè Umbria
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 10/21/2005
First Reviewed: 10/21/2005
Notes: None

Review
In the Orchard Hotel, off the hotel lobby, you enter a lounge/bar before heading into a pretty swank looking restaurant. The food is what you might expect, but it surprisingly doesn't cost a lot. They emphasize their wine and tea menus, but unfortunately their coffee offerings are light years behind. Using a two-group La Spaziale at the bar, they overpour espresso to the point of spillage over the rims of Caffè Umbria-logo IPA cups. Even scarier, even when you asked them for a short, half-size shot on request, they proudly come back smiling with the exact same overflowing cup, telling you, "Just as you asked for." Whatever. Because of the volume of liquid, their espresso has a flooded, watery flavor of diluted spice and pepper. Comes with a half-decent medium brown, mottled crema, however - so they're not entirely clueless.