Crème Café & Espresso Bar

Overall Rating: 4.800

Address: Shop 11, Gardens Shopping Centre, Mill St.
Cross Street(s): Buitenkant St., in the Gardens Shopping Centre, 1st Floor
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8001
Neighborhood: Gardens
Phone: +27.21.461.2562
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sa 9am-5pm; Su 9am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 2
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 1
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caturra Coffee Company, The
Cup Manufacturer: Continental
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 07/19/2010
First Reviewed: 07/19/2010
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

This café specializes in breakfast fare but also offers lunch and lighter dinners. Located on the first (upper) floor of the Gardens Shopping Centre tower, they spill out into the mall court with tables and chairs. The advertising is a bit heavy on Roobios tea ("Red Cappuccino" is a registered trademark?!?) and ridiculous "gourmet coffees" (such as the spicy hazelnut cappuccino, let alone white chocolate mocha). Using a two-group Astoria Dora at the bar, they pull shots with a micro-thin pale layer of crema that dissipates immediately: it looks like stale beans are involved. The beans are Marchetti espresso, a Swiss-based line from Caturra Coffee Company. It has a concentrated flavor (helped by an appropriately short shot size) of peppr and cloves. It's only R9, but it shows in the product too. They have pretty sad, overheated milk frothing for rather horrid cappuccinos and other milk-based drinks. Also served in Caturra-branded Fortis cups for larger drinks.