Cafe Borrone

Overall Rating: 6.450

Address: 1010 El Camino Real
Cross Street(s): Santa Cruz Ave.
City, State ZIP: Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: 650.327.0830
Hours: M-Th 7am-11pm; F 7am-12am; Sa 8am-12am; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 5.70
Aroma: 8
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.60
Last Update: 04/24/2013
First Reviewed: 08/14/2004
Notes: Outdoor Seating

A Peninsula people-watching Mecca, typically filled with large crowds throughout the day and skirmishes over available outdoor tables. Large indoor and outdoor seating areas, local art, musicians, and obligatory patrons in bike shorts. Mazzer grinder, a two-group La Marzocco Linea, and a two-group GB/5 are at the heart of this operation. The coffee drink sizes here tend to be enormous, however. They serve espresso with a very pale, blonde crema of mediocre thickness. Good Lavazza aroma. But with a pour to the rim of their Lavazza logo IPA cups, it's dominated by a weak body and a watery drip coffee flavor with some woody notes. Fortunately for most patrons, the milk frothing is a lot better - as everyone seems to particularly bathe in milk-based drinks here. The weak espresso can be hidden rather easily underneath it all, and the dense milk that melds with the espresso crema redeems the coffee here somewhat. (They serve these on colorful HLC Fiesta ware.) There's even a "Cappuccino San Francisco" on the menu, unheard of in SF, that's made with chocolate milk.