Plaza Deli Café

Overall Rating: 6.750

Address: 2680 Bayshore Parkway
Cross Street(s): San Antonio Rd.
City, State ZIP: Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650.965.3189
Hours: M-Th 7am-3:30pm; F 7am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Torrefazione Italia
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 12/10/2014
First Reviewed: 10/01/2012
Notes: Outdoor Seating

In a non-descript office park (the Bayside Business Plaza) off the 101 freeway, this small café serves good Mediterranean food and coffee. There's a lone, small table to sit inside. Otherwise the bulk of the seating consists of fixed tables and a Torani parasol in the middle of and outdoor strip within the office park. Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea supplied from Pacific Espresso, they pull shots of Torrefazione Italia's Perugia blend, producing a healthy, thick, medium brown crema on a solid espresso with a good body. It has a pungent flavor of spice and herbaciousness, but without being ashy or too smoky. The owner/operator (Sam) is very particular about his espresso and pays close attention to details. He swears by Torrefazione Italia, despite their limited production and distribution now. He's a bit of a friendly, social guy prone to going off about Starbucks' poor quality, how he likes his coffee, and knowing all his customers by name. His partner in crime, Marta, serves a slow, mean espresso shot as well. Served in Torrefazione Italia paper cups, though if you get on Sam's good side he might offer you one of his rare set of six Torrefazione Italia cups. Milk-frothing is generally good, and they tend to pour more thick foam with little or no milk unless you ask for it. (You can order a wet or dry cappuccino.)