Training Grounds

Overall Rating: 5.850

Address: 1 Airport Dr., Suite 42
Cross Street(s): Oakland International Airport
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: 510.568.3714
Hours: M-Su 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 2
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Due Torri Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.65
Last Update: 09/14/2010
First Reviewed: 09/14/2010
Notes: Kiosk

This coffee kiosk at the Terminal 1 entrance, near Baggage Claim 1, may not seem like much. But get your coffee here -- do not pass security -- unless you're a big fan of superautomated, stale chain coffee pumped out by airport employees. (No superautomatic Verismo crap as in the two Starbucks inside.) Using a two-group La Spaziale and Oakland local Due Torri beans, they pull shots that surprisingly rank among the best airport coffee in America. Sure, it's served in a medium Solo paper cup for a high airport markup, but it has a well-blended, richer flavor of pungent herbs, smoke (not too smoky), and a sweeter edge. The staff are even clued in to the roaster. With a smooth, even, healthy-looking medium brown crema of modest thickness.