Café Fanny

Overall Rating: 7.100

Address: 1603 San Pablo Ave.
Cross Street(s): Cedar St.
City, State ZIP: Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: 510.524.5447
Hours: M-F 7am-3pm; Sa 8am-4pm; Su 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.30
Last Update: 01/02/2004
First Reviewed: 01/02/2004
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse fame, runs this informal, rustic breakfast and lunch café. Very organic, and very French/California. Indoors, there is no formal seating beyond a bench and stand-up counterspace under a skylight. Some picnic tables outdoors. Quality espresso ingredients and equipment (Mr. Espresso), although the baristas do not preheat cups and the emphasis is on large French latte bowls. With a two-group Faema, they produce a mottled dark and light brown crema of moderate thickness. Dark, strong, smoky flavor that's a little overpowering (made more for milk drinks). Served in classic brown, thick-walled ACF cups.