Barefoot Coffee Works

Overall Rating: 7.500

Address: 1819 S. Bascom Ave.
Cross Street(s): Campisi Way
City, State ZIP: Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: 408.340.5026
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm; Sa 8am-5pm; Su 8am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 7.50
Aroma: 9
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Barefoot Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 05/30/2013
First Reviewed: 05/30/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

One of the "licensed independent operators" of Barefoot Coffee, this café opened in Sept. 2011 and is one of the few Barefoot-branded shops open since Barefoot's original Santa Clara mothership shut down. Located in Campbell's Onyx Retail Center, it's a very local café with strong local support. Outside there are a couple of café tables in front with parasols. Along the hallway there are a few wooden café tables with the occasional laptop zombie, and at the short serving bar there are a couple of stools seated along the service counter. Purple drapes and boldly painted walls with mirrors. The staff here are friendly and seem to know everybody - which can be a bit of a delay if you're expecting fast service. There's a Hario V60 dripper pour bar with three different options for coffee and a white, three-group Nuova Simonelli for espresso. With it they pull shots with a mottled, spotted medium and darker brown crema. It has a very robust aroma, but a relatively thin body. Flavorwise, The Boss here has a stronger herbaceousness and limited brightness: it seems a bit limited and insufficiently balanced, despite being a good espresso. Served in white ACF cups. Their milk-frothing is a bit mottled and sits on top without integrating into the liquid espresso very well. The standards seem off here from the owned & operated Barefoot locations we've known, and it makes us miss their Santa Clara location. And when it comes to quality, this ain't no (SF's) Epicenter Cafe either. They do offer things like their orange ginger cubano to get flashy with flavoring.