Barefoot Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.400

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cross Street(s): Lawrence Expwy.
City, State ZIP: Santa Clara, CA 95051
Phone: 408.248.4500
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: Dalla Corte
Coffee Rating: 8.60
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 10
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Barefoot Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 10/04/2009
First Reviewed: 12/21/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Andy Newbom visibly loves good espresso the way Homer Simpson loves donuts, and this place shows it. Outside this small café there are several sidewalk tables and chairs for scoping out the nearby freeway traffic. Inside, there?s a handful of artful tables and sofas - and a long corridor leading past their famous Probat roaster to their less-famous bathroom with its brooding, Central American-themed mural walls.Barefoot is religious about the need for, and its support of, professional barista training, and it shows. They have mounted numerous framed training certifications on the back wall behind their three-group Dalla Corte machine station. The barista will demonstrate a detailed level of quality control - rejecting shots that didn?t come out to their professional standards. Their Bare Espresso is a double shot made with a standard blend ($2, Element at last visit). They served it with a mottled dark and medium brown crema - darker and more textured than on previous visits. The cup has a sweet, herbal earthiness with intensely bright, acidic notes. The body has been surprisingly lighter here, but recent visits have improved - so much so that we've rated it here instead of their single origin. Their Single Estate Espresso ($3.50) - a variant to their usual blend, typically made with a rotation of estate coffees - often has a very distinctive, unique, and intense flavor profile. The day's offering we last sampled was a Panama Finca Hartmann, which they recommended with spouts (as opposed to a naked portafilter), which hit paydirt. Not that the Bare Espresso was a slouch, but here the cup came with dark red and brown flecks in its thinner crema (expectedly thinner, given its single-bean profile). It had a more robust aroma, a round and robust body, and an intense sweetness with a sharp but pleasant bite at the back of the throat to complement its herbal pungency. Outstanding. [CLOSED: Switched owners 10/13/12.]