Bonavita Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 5.500

Address: 466 Ignacio Blvd.
Cross Street(s): In Pacheco Plaza
City, State ZIP: Novato, CA 94949
Phone: 415.883.3399
Hours: N/A
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 4.20
Aroma: 3
Body: 4
Brightness: 4
Crema: 6
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: LaCoppa Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 05/13/2006
First Reviewed: 05/13/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Next to a Safeway, this is the site of the former Prudies Espresso Bar - converted when owner Tom Mock joined forces with supplier Sal Bonavita. It's a great outdoor space, with several wooden tables under canvas parasols, wide sliding glass doors that open up the entire corner café, and a few tables inside - plus a wall of coffee accessories. They focus on selling espresso, gelato, and pastries, and the site is very popular with locals. This despite a pizza place and a smoothie shop that adverise competitive espresso drinks right next door. Despite all of this, their espresso is weak and substandard. Using a two-group La Spaziale, they pull espresso shots with a thin, very pale crema. The shot is filled to the rim of the classic brown ACF cup. It has a watery body and a harsher flavor: an ashy, bitter edge laid over blander cedar and spice flavors. Sometimes places are popular more for convenience than quality, and this location appears to be one of those.