Santa Ynez Valley Coffee Company

Overall Rating: 5.350

Address: 606 Alamo Pintado Rd. # 1
Cross Street(s): In Nielsen's Center, near Hwy 246
City, State ZIP: Solvang, CA 93463
Phone: 805.688.3543
Hours: M-F 6am-5:30pm; Sa 6:30am-5:30pm; Su 6:30am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 5.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 2
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Santa Ynez Valley Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 07/18/2011
First Reviewed: 07/18/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

The local Santa Barbara County press might fawn a little over this place, but that's because standards around the Santa Ynez Valley are so poor. It's a quaint shop, with an outdoor deck in front under parasols at the parking lot opening of the Nielsen's Center strip mall. The mall, and the town, itself is a bit heavy on the retired cowboy set, which influences the coffee style and quality here. Walk inside, and you'll hear country music, see photos from local rodeos on the walls, and a mess of simple wooden tables. And yet they offer free WiFi. They offer a number of sandwiches and other edibles, but "S.Y.V. Coffee Co." primarily considers itself a coffeeshop. Using a two-group Astoria machine behind the service counter, they pull extra-large shots with only the faintest evidence of a vanishing medium brown crema. Despite the pour size, it's not an ashy and over-extracted cup. It tastes like a robust filter drip coffee, but then we ordered espresso and not filter drip coffee. A flavor of pleasant spice and some pungency.