Toby's Coffee Bar

Overall Rating: 6.600

Address: 11250 State Route 1 (Main Street)
Cross Street(s): 2nd St.
City, State ZIP: Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: 415.663.9988
Hours: M-Su 6:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 11/15/2014
First Reviewed: 01/01/2012
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Toby's is something of an institution in the short downtown of Point Reyes Station. It's a general store, but it also has a rear feed lot - complete with haystacks, bags of feed, strings of prayer flags, and a neighboring yoga studio (this is Marin County, after all). It's at the entrance to the feed lot, sharing a wall with the Post Office, that you'll find a kiosk window branded as Toby's Coffee Bar. There are a few picnic tables and other outdoor tables in front. You can also buy organic baked goods, newspapers, and teas. They replaced their newer, two-group Nuova Simonelli machine inside their small service cubby-hole with a standard two-group La Marzocco Linea by 2014. They pull shots of Four Barrel Coffee (and like much of the town, it was formerly Taylor Maid Farms) in paper cups only. What once seemed customary in West Marin - saucerless Vertex cups - is no more. When it was Taylor Maid, it came with a dark brown crema, small bubbles, and a lighter heat spot , and was deep and dark (no fruit bombs here) with a nuttier flavor mixed with cloves and other herbal pungency. With the shift to Four Barrel in 2013, the shot is fruitier, has a lighter crema, and seems a little more "routine" as Bay Area shots go. Still served as a default double shot. They seem to have lost something with the machine and coffee supply switch, however. Milk-frothing comes with adequate latte art but can be heavy-handed in volume (i.e., a very milky cappuccino).