Overall Rating: 8.100

Address: 6480 Washington St.
Cross Street(s): Oak Circle
City, State ZIP: Yountville, CA 94599
Phone: 707.944.2222
Hours: M-Su 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 9
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Rosenthal
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 02/18/2013
First Reviewed: 02/18/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

What an outrageous surprise. This high-end Yountville restaurant actually carries through their high-caliber food all the way to the coffee service. You know they are serious when they have a dedicated barista in the back. The restaurant is located on a corner courtyard with an outdoor fireplace and fountain among some limited outdoor patio seating. Inside it is white tablecloths and many square tables. But their espresso should be studied profusely by Equator Estates, because here they manage to make their coffee sing where so many other fine dining establishments fail. Using an old two-group La San Marco machine (an 85-16M-2), they pull shots with a mottled medium and darker brown crema. It has a potent aroma, a full body, and textured layers of flavor with spice and herbs. It's one of the better visual espresso shots we've ever seen in a restaurant, and its taste backs it up. Stellar for a restaurant espresso.