Specialty's Cafe & Bakery

Overall Rating: 6.700

Address: 6200 Stoneridge Mall Rd.
Cross Street(s): Embarcadero Ct.
City, State ZIP: Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 415.362.2052
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Syracuse
Price: $1.80
Last Update: 05/23/2013
First Reviewed: 05/23/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This Specialty's outlet is located in the back of a big office park in the middle of Pleasanton's shopping mall hell. There's outdoor patio seating with Peets and Specialty's parasols out front and a number of tables and counter chairs for business meetings inside. Using a two-group, black La Marzocco FB/80. As with the Intelligentsia pull-out from all SF Specialty's recently, they stick with Peets Coffee, pulling shots with a deeper brown, relatively thin crema. It has a body-heavy, body-forward flavor profile centered around tobacco smokiness some cardamom, but no ash. They mostly serve in paper cups, but you might catch the rare Syracuse cup if they're clean.