A'Roma Roasters

Overall Rating: 6.600

Address: 95 Fifth St.
Cross Street(s): Wilson St., on Railroad Square
City, State ZIP: Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: 707.576.7765
Hours: M-Th 6am-11pm; F 6am-12am; Sa 7am-12am; Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Grimac
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: A'Roma Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 11/15/2009
First Reviewed: 11/15/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This casual, local café caters to the locals in a big way: both patrons and employees. It's located in a large, long building alongside the town railroad tracks at the dead-end of a street. Out front there is limited sidewalk seating (and an abused Snoopy sculpture, customary for Santa Rosa). Inside they have a back room that serves just ice cream, but the main space is an old, wooden coffeehouse centered around a Sasa Samiac roaster and coffee beans in various stages of roasting: from the plastic bins of greens to the old, brass bins against the wall for storing retail roasted coffee. They do meticulously date-stamp their roasts here like meat at the supermarket, which is an encouraging sign. However, their espresso shots leave a bit to be desired. Using a three-group Grimac La Vittoria at the front bar, they pull larger shots with a thinner, medium brown crema that dissipates quickly. There isn't much body to the shot, and there isn't much flavor either beyond the basic bold filter coffee taste of spice and some pepper. Served in classic brown ACF cups. We wanted to like this place a lot more, but they are typical of the older North Bay coffeehouse/roasters.