P.G. Juice n' Java

Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 599 Lighthouse Ave.
Cross Street(s): 16th St.
City, State ZIP: Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: 831.373.8652
Hours: M-Sa 7am-6pm; Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 5
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Connoisseur Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 10/28/2005
First Reviewed: 10/28/2005
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Cavernous and quiet café lined like a distinguished library, complete with old hardcover books, wood floors, high ceilings, upholstered chairs, sofas, and a fireplace. There are also two sidewalk tables in front. In addition to the usual espresso offerings and light lunch fare, they serve smoothies and occasionally host live music. They also offer individually poured drip filter coffee, which has become quite popular around the Monterey peninsula in recent years. Using a two-group La Pavoni, the pour their espresso quite full in the (paper) cup with a decent medium brown crema. It tastes a bit too harsh, however: smoky tobacco with far too much burnt ashiness to be pleasant.