Barista Crème

Overall Rating: 6.700

Address: Garuda Mall, Shop L216L, Magrath Rd.
Cross Street(s): FM Cariappa Rd.
City, State ZIP: Bengaluru, " 560025
Phone: +91.80.40913723
Hours: M-Su 10am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $1.10
Last Update: 12/01/2012
First Reviewed: 01/11/2012
Notes: None

On the second and top floor of Bengaluru's popular Garuda Mall, this outlet of the popular Indian chain takes up a good chunk of the central mall floor real estate with a large space for leather seats and dark wood tabletops. Using a two-group La Cimbali at the rear counter, they pull large shots with a crema that can vary from very good looking to splotchy and sparse. It's typically a mixed medium brown with a somewhat smooth texture, albeit with some lighter heat spots. Regardless of the crema, the flavor can be off with a very narrow flavor profile of flat tobacco. Yet we've also had basic- but acceptable-flavored shots. Despite the erratic qualities, it's generally a worthy (albeit inconsistent) espresso for the area, especially since Caffè Pascucci moved. Served in Barista/Lavazza logo cups. Rs. 65 & Rs. 85 for a doppio (+ tax).