Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 6.700


Address: 2300 16th St., Suite 240
Cross Street(s): Btwn Bryant St. & Potrero Ave., in the Potrero Center
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415.565.6713
Hours: M-F 6am-8pm; Sa 6am-7pm, Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 5
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Japan Ceramic
Price: $1.30
Last Update: 03/25/2006
First Reviewed: 03/25/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Next to the Psycho Safeway (where waiting in line at night is far more entertaining than any reality TV show), this is a busy Peet's with often long lines of neighborhood loyals. They offer a bit of window counter seating, some minimal table seating in the back, and plenty of outdoor table and benches among "Please Do Not Feed The Birds" signs in the Potrero Center. There's a "Peet's At Home" retail wall at the entrance, and like some other Peet's, they play the classical music tape loop overhead. They use an older three-group La Marzocco, which they effectively have to run on only two groups so they can commit one end of the machine as a milk frothing station. They pull espresso shots with a medium-to-dark brown bare crema that dissolves away as quickly as you pick it up off the counter. Served in Peet's own branded cups. Though it has a weaker body than many Peet's, it still has a solid pungent flavor with some brightness. (The weaker body combined with a bolder flavor makes for a slightly odd-tasting beverage, though.)