Peet's Coffee & Tea

Overall Rating: 6.850

Address: 3904 Middlefield Rd.
Cross Street(s): Charleston Rd., in the Charleston Center
City, State ZIP: Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650.433.0500
Hours: M-F 5am-9pm; Sa-Su 6am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.80
Last Update: 01/17/2013
First Reviewed: 01/17/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Peet's in the Charleston Center suburban strip mall. They have a short patio with very limited sidewalk seating and a bench with a lovely view of a dank concrete garage. Inside there's an assortment of wooden café tables and benches and the usual Wall o' Merchandising plus a counter for bean sales. The clientele here are decidedly "more mature" than some Bay Area Peet's. They use a three-group La Marzocco Linea inside a small service area, with an Astra machine on the side for occasional milk-frothing during customer surges. They pull plain but drinkable shots with a medium brown crema of modest thickness. Flavorwise, it has a pungent herbal and smoky taste. The milk-frothing consistency is decent, but not great, and stereotypically over-generous. However, the milk fails in combination -- making this one of the more underwhelming and bland Peet's in town. Cappuccinos, etc. can be a flavorless, dishwatery joke here compared to some Peet's.