Peninsula Coffee Roaster & Deli

Overall Rating: 6.300

Address: 273 Baldwin Ave.
Cross Street(s): Ellsworth Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650.344.9773
Hours: M-F 6:30am-5pm; Sa 8am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Roaster
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Peninsula Coffee Roaster
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.60
Last Update: 01/16/2009
First Reviewed: 01/16/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

The Peninsula offers little in the way of great espresso. This is supposedly one of the better examples, but it's no reason to leave town. They have two main seating areas. One is dominated by their coffee bar, jars of their own roasted coffee for retail sale (and way too many of them flavored coffees), and a bit of stool seating with some tall café tables by the windows in front. In the other room is their deli. In front are a couple of tiny outdoor sidewalk tables. As if the flavored coffees weren't cheesy enough, this spot plays a lot of KKSF saxophone music - suitable for any Bay Area dentist's office. Using a three-group La Spaziale 3000 at the bar, they pull shots with a semi-thin, even, pale crema. It's made from a classic, middle-America over-roasted blend, leaving the cup (filled a bit high) with a cross of flavors between ashiness and some harsher tobacco. San Francisco espresso circa 1984. It's no wonder why Starbucks rules the suburbs.