Tribu Cafe

Overall Rating: 6.600

Address: 6501 San Pablo Ave.
Cross Street(s): 65th St.
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94608
Neighborhood: North Oakland
Phone: 510.653.6501
Hours: M-F 7am-8pm; Sa-Su 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 07/21/2011
First Reviewed: 07/21/2011
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This spacious, modern corner café would have been unheard of for this neighborhood just a decade ago. Now the neighbors can actually have a comfortable place to sit, relax, and drink coffee. The coffee quality is another question, but there are far worse options around town. They have an outdoor, sidewalk patio that lines both San Pablo Ave. and 65th St. with various tables and chairs. Inside there are more modern furnishings: sofas and square tables. They offer sandwiches and other edibles, but coffee is held as one of the stars here. Using a three-group Faema at the bar and McLaughlin beans, the pull shots with a relatively larger pour and an even, medium brown crema. The body is diluted just a bit from the pour size, and there's some ashiness in the cup due to typical McLaughlin roasting styles. Otherwise there's more of a smoky burnt tobacco flavor. Served in brown ceramic ACF cups, although the short, cylindrical variety. They also have old storage bins for coffee sales - and decorative tea pots for tea service.