Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant

Overall Rating: 5.400

Address: 2555 Main St.
Cross Street(s): Charles Krug Rd., in the Culinary Institute of America
City, State ZIP: St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone: 707.967.1010
Hours: Su-Th 11:30am-9pm; F-Sa 11:30am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 5
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 05/17/2009
First Reviewed: 05/17/2009
Notes: Outdoor Seating

If you ever wondered whether the high-end food world gets coffee at all or not, this should be your answer. Located at the former Christian Brothers winery, the CIA at Greystone is a professional cooking campus where this restaurant is a sort of showpiece for students and educators. The campus is a large, castle-like space, and the on site restaurant is no less sizeable. There's an outdoor patio in front with many dining tables. Inside, there's a large open kitchen area with many more tables. To serve espresso, they use a two-group UNIC at the back of the service area. And with it, and Illy beans, they pull large shots with a thinning medium brown crema. The size of the shot ensures it has no better than a watered-down Illy flavor of mild spice and wood. Served in designer Illy logo IPA cups. The espresso here is literally a cop-out.