University Café

Overall Rating: 7.250

Address: 271 University Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Bryant &
City, State ZIP: Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650.322.5301
Hours: M-Th 7am-11pm; F-Sa 7am-11:30pm; Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: S
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: University Café
Cup Manufacturer: International Tableware Incorporated
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 05/17/2012
First Reviewed: 05/17/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This popular downtown Palo Alto café serves mostly as a meeting place, but it's also a coffeehouse and serves full-on meals. It has tall ceilings and an open façade that opens out to café table seating along University Ave. Inside are many tables and chairs - plus a San Franciscan roaster they use for coffee roasting on the premises. They use a three-group La Spaziale - often with the handles left cooling out of the group heads - but the shots they serve with it aren't terrible. They serve them short - two sips - in a standard coffee cup. The serving temperature can run a little cool, but it has a patchy medium brown crema of decent thickness. It has a smooth body and a mellow, rounded, blended flavor of mild tobacco and some spice. A bit old school, but done relatively well.