Café at Filoli

Overall Rating: 4.850

Address: 86 Cańada Rd.
Cross Street(s): In the Filoli Gardens, N of Edgewood Rd.
City, State ZIP: Woodside, CA 94062
Phone: 650.364.8300
Hours: 9:0am-3:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 4.90
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Superior
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 03/07/2010
First Reviewed: 03/07/2010
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This café resides within the Filoli Gardens as a volunteer-run fundraising food and beverage stop. A rectangular seating area looks out through glass windows, surrounded by wooded gardens. In addition to pastries and panini, they serve espresso made from a two-group Astoria machine with Metropolitan beans from Superior Coffee. The shot has a thin, blonde layer of crema that scarcely covers a large pull in an IKEA ceramic mug. Not surprisingly, given its pedigree, it has a predominantly ashy and tobacco flavor meant more for milk. To its credit, it's not watered down - but that's just more bitterness to more strongly taste.