Bittersweet - The Chocolate Café

Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: 5427 College Ave.
Cross Street(s): Kales Ave.
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94618
Neighborhood: Rockridge
Phone: 510.654.7159
Hours: Su-Th 9am-7pm; F-Sa 9am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Confectioner (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Syrup-like
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 06/29/2007
First Reviewed: 06/29/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This Oakland/Rockridge outlet of the small chain is a little smaller than its SF Fillmore District counterpart, but the standards are the same. Outside there's a sidewalk bench and a couple of chairs; inside there are four beat-up wooden tables and a tendency for house flies to gather. Plus the requisite wall o' chocolate. All of their espresso shots are short doubles by default. And using a older, three-group La Marzocco, they pull espresso shots that are potent but not syrupy in consistency. It has a sweet tobacco aroma and a medium brown, even layer of average thickness crema. Flavorwise, there's honey and tobacco served in their brown ACF cups. A good, Blue Bottle effort.