Overall Rating: 6.000

Address: 8205 Valley Greens Dr.
Cross Street(s): Off Carmel Valley Rd. in the Quail Lodge
City, State ZIP: Carmel, CA 93923
Phone: 831.620.8860
Hours: Tu-Sa 5pm-9pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Rosenthal
Price: $4.00
Last Update: 01/12/2008
First Reviewed: 01/12/2008
Notes: None

This golf resort lodge calls itself in Carmel, suggesting Carmel-by-the-Sea, though it is more accurately in Carmel Valley. It's a restaurant attached to the main office near the entrance to the lodge, and inside you are greeted with cheesy jazz sax music suggestive of The Weather Channel's soundtrack - perhaps piped in from their hotel room cable TV system for all we know. The restaurant overlooks one of the lodge's larger man-made, duck-attracting ponds. While resort casual is the theme, the menu and prices are rather upscale. Using a UNIC Twin Phoenix at the bar, they pull shots of espresso with the classic thin Illy crema of light-to-medium brown. It also has the classic Illy flavor of mild spices, but it is served as a properly short shot - and thus isn't diluted. Served in a mismatched cup and saucer.