Peaberry's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 7.700

Address: 5655 College Ave.
Cross Street(s): Shafter Ave.
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94618
Neighborhood: Rockridge
Phone: 510.653.0450
Hours: M-F 7am-8pm; Sa 8am-7pm; Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Roaster
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Peaberry's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 02/02/2009
First Reviewed: 02/02/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This tiny storefront has been the lone outlet for showcasing the roasting that goes on some 4 miles away. It shares space with a Market Hall Bakery and the Pasta Shop, and with them they share a few decorative sidewalk café tables in front as the only seating around. In the back are old-style coffee bins for retail bean sales, but in front is an espresso bar featuring a two-group Faema Ambassador. With it they pull short, potent shots with a smooth medium-brown crema marked with flecks, served in large brown Nuova Point cups. It has a pungent flavor of cloves, herbs, some spice, but the cup is well balanced and rounded. Oddly like many of its nearby Rockridge neighbors along College Ave., there's a touch of a sour element to the cup -- but the heft and balance in the cup lifts it above the others.