Sunflower Caffé Wine & Espresso Bar

Overall Rating: 6.000

Address: 421 1st St. W
Cross Street(s): E Spain St.
City, State ZIP: Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone: 707.996.6645
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 5
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 01/15/2011
First Reviewed: 01/15/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This place is something of a flashback - like getting espresso in San Francisco back in the late 1980s. In front it's a quaint café on the Sonoma main square, with covered patio sidewalk seating and more extensive space indoors dedicated to a garden, a wine bar, food service, and a separate espresso bar in front with several stools and tables. The espresso bar has a zinc bar and an older, three-group La Marzocco from Petaluma's Dolce Neve, and there's abominable and clueless service staff here that create long backup lines for no good reason. The shots are pulled filled to the rim of their black ACF demitasse cups - with a weak medium brown crema that leaves the center bare. It has a tepid flavor of mild spices - representing one of Equator Estates' broken links in their retail coffee distribution chain. Tastes like weak Bialetti moka pot coffee. That's fine if that's what you like in an espresso, but we thought espresso standards went back 20 years here.