Overall Rating: 7.250

Address: 3917 Grand Ave.
Cross Street(s): Crofton Ave.
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: 510.547.5035
Hours: M, W-F 5:30pm-10pm; Sa-Su 10am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Four Barrel Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Glass
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 03/03/2012
First Reviewed: 03/03/2012
Notes: None

One of the many notable restaurants quietly growing out of Oakland. This one - like many of its siblings - is heavy on the local fresh organics, wood tables, and paper menus. Plus odd things like a candle fetish. There are numerous, packed, plain tables inside. At the front bar is a two-group La Marzocco Linea. They pull espresso shots with a mottled medium and lighter brown crema, served in a glass shotglass. They serve it properly short, though it has a flavor that isn't as potent as you might otherwise expect. There's minimal creaminess to the shot despite its modest layer of crema, and it has a more narrow flavor profile of herbal and some medicinal elements. Served with a shotglass of sugar on the side, should you need it. Some good decisions, but the execution is a little off.