Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 6.500


Address: 3419 California St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Laurel & Locust Sts., in the Laurel Village
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Laurel Heights
Phone: 415.221.8506
Hours: M-F 5:30am-8pm; Sa 6am-8pm; Su 6am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Japan Ceramic
Price: $1.80
Last Update: 03/10/2014
First Reviewed: 02/14/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This Peet's has minimal seating pooled up at the front window like something the tide brought in (one café table and a window counter/ledge), cramping anyone wishing to sit down with a cup. (It's gotten worse since Cafe Lo Cubano closed next door in the summer of '08.) Using a (once three- now) two-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull shots with a thinner layer of medium-to-light brown crema. They serve it with a somewhat lukewarm temperature and one of the thinnest bodies I've experienced for a Peet's espresso. Its flavor is a bit off on the edges too - a bit medicinal, with some mild spice and stale nuttiness. One of the weaker Peet's around. Just try ordering a caffè macchiato and see how often they respond, "You mean a latte macchiato?" Their milk frothing is also dishwater-poor. The quality here can be erratic, as we've also more recently experienced some better, smaller shots - albeit with the same weak crema.