Overall Rating Criteria


The Overall, Aggregate Score

Each rated establishment in this guide includes aggregate ratings of their espresso (or Coffee Rating) and their location (or Cafe Rating) -- each based on specific criteria rated on a similar 10-point scale. The Overall Rating is the average of the two combined.

You can think of this score as representing the overall espresso experience at a location. More than just a place where you sip your espresso and leave a la moda italiana (and certainly more than getting your espresso "to go" in a lousy paper cup!), locations with a high overall score combine good espresso with skilled baristas, quality cups, and a great environment to linger in.