Barefoot Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.250

Address: 76 Sunol St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn The Alameda & W San Fernando St.
City, State ZIP: San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408.293.7200
Hours: M-F 7am-1pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Victoria Arduino
Coffee Rating: 8.50
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 10
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Barefoot Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 10/23/2010
First Reviewed: 10/23/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Co-located with the Barefoot Coffee Works (the new home of Barefoot's roasting operations, the "Coffee Works"), the Roll-UP Bar (as its labeled) is located at the garage door at the end of a massive driveway. If that sounds rather residential, it is. Located in pretty much a house that is only lacking a basketball hoop in the gated, wide driveway, this is a casual spot not far from the Shark Tank where locals can enjoy great coffee in what feels like someone's front yard. If you're driving here like most people, just be prepared to look for a morning house party serving coffee. There are a few benches in front for seating, but otherwise it's a limited set of stools at a small wooden counter bar set up for V60 Hario pour-overs plus an ornate, copper-plated, three-group Victoria Arduino lever machine. In back there are a couple of Probat roasters, a lot of storage shelves, a cupping room, and plenty of unroasted coffee. We visited on their 7th anniversary celebration, so there was a lot of free coffee and, to their credit, a lot of special coffee. Besides serving their Bolivia Cup of Excellence #29 Flor Rosa (with three days age) at the pour-over bar in notNeutral Bangladeshi cups, they were also serving this coffee (normally at $24/12-oz) as their single origin espresso. The resulting cup is fragrant, with a medium brown, even layer of crema in their classic dark brown ACF cups. It's single origin overboard, with a sharp, acidic sweetness tasting of berries, honey, and a light molasses. This is straight-out brightness bomb espresso that would make an Italian vomit. But if you're into that sort of thing, and we sometimes are, it's rather exceptional. However, we need to update this review at some point with a more "typical" shot from this location.