Cole Coffee

Overall Rating: 7.400

Address: 6255 College Ave.
Cross Street(s): 63rd St.
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94618
Neighborhood: Rockridge
Phone: 510.985.1958
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 8
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Vanilla-like
Coffee Beans: Royal Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $1.40
Last Update: 02/02/2009
First Reviewed: 02/02/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This combination café and roaster retail store is the renamed rebirth of the previous Royal Coffee Café. It's tight quarters inside, with only a handfull of tiny indoor café tables lined up against one wall across a path from the service counter. The space has a lot of large windows and an odd light fixture/sculpture of old coffee pots in the back. There's a lot more seating on the sidewalk tables along 63rd St. and in front along College Ave. The clientele here tend to be a mix of students studying alone and graying university town academics meeting up to discuss politics and world affairs. The service counter includes "the Melitta bar" (three cone filters for made-to-order filter coffee) and a three-group La Marzocco Linea. (The retail beanery in back has its own retail coffee sales with another three-group Linea.) They pull generally oversized shots with a mixed medium brown crema and lots of bubbles. While it doesn't carry much of an aroma, the crema is very frothy and quite extensive. But when it comes to the flavor, the cup is surprisingly timid and meek: it has some vanilla and some mild spices, but it otherwise lacks the necessary breadth and 'forte' of a true espresso. But given the crema and everything else, you know you're dealing with a place that deals with daily fresh roasts.