|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.