Mr. Espresso

Overall Rating: 8.700

Address: 696 Third St.
Cross Street(s): Castro St.
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.287.5200
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Roaster
Cafe Rating: 8.80
Barista: 9
Savvy: 10
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 8.60
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 9
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $0.00
Last Update: 12/16/2005
First Reviewed: 12/16/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Inside the Mr. Espresso warehouse is their machine showroom and employee espresso bar. Inside, it's decorated with a variety of machines carried by Mr. Espresso with a mirrored bar at the back. There are many used cups lying about from the espresso employees who frequently "sample & toss" throughout the day. With a two-group Faema E91 Diplomat, Luigi di Ruocco can serve you one of the finest examples of espresso in the Bay Area. Using their Neapolitan Espresso roast, he pulls a shot with a darker, reddish brown crema of a decent thickness and consistency. Flavorwise, the espresso doesn?t have a heavy reliance on a dark roast for body - as is typical in the Bay Area. The result was a rich, potent, and yet very balanced cup where no flavor component seemed to overpower the others. You could taste the wide variety in the oak wood roasted blend. One of the very few places in the world where I've ever given out a "10" rating on one of the scoring criteria.