La Boulange

Overall Rating: 7.050

Address: 151 University Ave.
Cross Street(s): High St.
City, State ZIP: Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650.323.3332
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 6.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 05/20/2013
First Reviewed: 05/20/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This is yet another one of an out-of-control growing chain of French-themed bakeries. Opening in 2011, this is a more unique location in the chain - with an iron archway in front, a round glass atrium with long shared wooden tables at the center and individual café tables along the windows, outdoor seating under parasols, and limited indoor seating in back. This chain pushed Equator Estate Coffees until Starbucks bought them all out in 2012. Today they offer private label coffee of mysterious origins, but the quality hasn't tanked yet so we can presume Starbucks hasn't injected their coffee sources just yet. Using a two-group Nuova Simonelli at the bar, they pull moderately short shots with a darker brown, even flecked crema. All things considered, its thinner body comes as a little bit of a surprise. It has a creamy mouthfeel and a taste of a blended pungency of herbs, spices, chocolate and limited brightness.