Sprout Cafe

Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 168 University Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn High & Emerson Sts.
City, State ZIP: Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650.323.7688
Hours: M-Th 11am-9pm; F-Sa 11am-10pm; Su 11am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Barefoot Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 10/04/2011
First Reviewed: 10/04/2011
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This cavernous lunch spot slings freshly made salads like SF's Mixt Greens or Harvest & Rowe but also sells a few other items like a Sellers Market. Their tagline is "Feel good. Eat well.," chalking them up as yet another food-as-medicine purveyor. There are many small café tables inside the long space and a number of wooden sidewalk tables out front. You have to take their coffee service at least semi-seriously, as they use Barefoot Roasters coffee (and served Brazil Redcab for their espresso on our visit). Using a two-group Simonelli at the counter, they pull rather long and tall shots. It comes with a thin, light brown, even crema that just covers the surface. The watery body to the long pull masks what are otherwise quality coffee ingredients. It has a flavor of mild spices that's a bit washed out. And unfortunate mishandling of what could easily be much better espresso.