Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Caffe Trieste

Location: 609 Vallejo St., San Francisco

Reviewed: December 16, 2006

Espresso: My single was served as a 1.5oz. lungo in a wide-brimmed cup with matching saucer. The crema was light-to-medium brown and even in color. It was suprisingly full-bodied for a lungo; the primary tastes were smoky and some fruity notes.

Atmosphere: Trieste is the original espresso bar on the west coast, having been located in North Beach since 1956. The shop is small with seating around most of the perimeter, next to the glassed-in walls. Very long lines on weekends.

Verdict: Once a legend, now mostly a historical novelty.

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