Moonside Bakery and Cafe

Overall Rating: 7.200

Address: 604 Main St., #A
Cross Street(s): Miramontes St.
City, State ZIP: Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650.726.9070
Hours: M-Su 7am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 06/08/2014
First Reviewed: 08/26/2012
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This downtown Half Moon Bay bakery/café may get mixed reviews for its service and some of its pastries, but they deserve special mention for sometimes making the most out of Equator Estate coffee where many other locations have struggled. They offer sidewalk seating out front among parasols (for all those grand sunny days in HMB), two tiny tables inside, and an indoor rear patio with a lot more café tables and chairs in the back -- inside the Courtyard Shops warehouse space. The key to the quality of the shot, which they make from a two-group La Marzocco Linea at the back, is in its shortness: a mere two sips for a single when it's excellent, three or more sips when it's just pretty good. When pulled short, they leave a thin layer of a chocolatey, dark brown crema -- which isn't very impressive save for its color. But when it almost looks like two sips of hot chocolate, the body is dense and the shot is robust, potent, full-bodied, with a flavor of cinnamon, chocolate, and very few bright notes. Normally on longer shots (three or more sips) the crema is an even, medium brown. As a longer shot, the flavor is more typical: herbal pungency with some woodiness, a minimal chocolate edge, and few bright notes. Served in mismatched Delco, Tuxton, Lubiana, or Vertex cups and saucers - depending on what's available. Milk-frothing can be firm but not stiff, creamy without being dry, and served in regular coffee mugs. While it can be one of the best Equator shots around when it's short, it's not consistently so.