Plumes Coffee House

Overall Rating: 6.400

Address: 400 Alvarado St.
Cross Street(s): Franklin St.
City, State ZIP: Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.373.4526
Hours: Su-W 6:30am-11pm; Th-Sa 6:30am-12am
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 10/28/2005
First Reviewed: 10/28/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Popular downtown Monterey coffee house with several indoor tables and a few outdoors on Alvarado St. Customers often saddle up with their Apple laptops and plug them into the ceiling outlets hanging above. Often busy, particulary with the high school and college-age set. Plumes is one of the coffee houses that introduced the individual pour drip coffee setup to the area that is now somewhat popular, but everything here seems to come in a single, gargantuan size. Using a two-group La Pavoni, they pour espresso with a dark brown, rich crema of modest thickness and a strong herbal/pungent flavor.