Plantation Coffee Roastery

Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 668 Laurel St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Cherry St. & San Carlos Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone: 650.592.3710
Hours: M-Sa 5am-5pm; Su 7am-12pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: WEGA
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Plantation Coffee Roastery
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 01/13/2009
First Reviewed: 01/13/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Some consider this among the best coffee spots in sleepy San Carlos, but that doesn't seem to say much. Outside there's a large sidewalk table, with several small café tables indoors. The space is dominated by the elongated serving area, with bins of their own roasted coffee and an old Probat roaster at the far end of the shop. Given the sandwiches, ice cream, and classical music radio here, this is a full café - even if they are known more as a roastery. Owner Young Cheong proudly displays his training credentials (from Burlingame), their policy to use no roasts older than 21 days, and their commitment to filtered water. Their roasts are rather dark - even the Kenyan beans have a major gloss - and the owner roasts only about once or twice per week. The espresso shots made with their two-group WEGA are served full and high, with an even, semi-thick light/medium brown crema in their classic brown ACF classic cups. The tobacco flavor leans towards some ashiness, however, as could be expected given the darkness of their roasts. Careful when asking "for here": they still might serve you in a paper cup.