Caffé Trieste

Overall Rating: 6.500

Address: 409 Alvarado St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn E Franklin & Bonifacio Sts.
City, State ZIP: Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.241.6064
Hours: M-Su 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Magister Sistema Caffè s.r.l.
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Caffe Trieste
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 06/15/2012
First Reviewed: 06/15/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales

Opening in Sep 2011, downtown Monterey expanded their espresso café options when this installment of the San Francisco institution opened just a half-block down from Plumes. It has the visual trappings of its sister cafés: old photos on the brightly-colored walls, many dingy, matching indoor wooden café tables. They also offer window counter seating and some metal sidewalk café table seating. A broken three-group La San Marco dominates one side of the counter like a beached whale. Instead, a two-group Magister Kappa XP - a rare export to the US and the sort of thing you're more likely to find in Portugal - handles their espresso service. But you can forget the glowing Yelp reviews of this place: the espresso is the worst at about any Caffé Trieste we've ever been to: a pale, thin, lighter brown crema that dissipates quickly served on a modest body with a tobacco-dominated flavor that's compressed at the bass end. Served in classic brown ACF cups.