Chromatic Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 8.350

Address: 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cross Street(s): Lawrence Expwy.
City, State ZIP: Santa Clara, CA 95051
Phone: 408.248.4500
Hours: M-F 7am-9pm; Sa-Su 8am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.50
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Chromatic Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 04/17/2014
First Reviewed: 12/12/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

For those who lamented the closure of the great Barefoot Coffee Roasters at this South Bay strip mall location in 2012 (and we were among them), Chromatic moved in and should alleviate all your concerns. Opening in October 2012, Chromatic picked up where Barefoot left off: a great attention to coffee-making detail and roasting their own. (Not to mention a playlist when we visited that honored great 80s & 90s college radio: "Johnny's Gonna Die" by the Replacements, "Chapel Hill" by Sonic Youth, etc.) One big change is that the wall of merchandising is on your left instead of your right as you walk in: various roasts, coffee equipment, and the occasional marketing swag. The café table seating hasn't really changed: several smaller tables and chairs arranged out in front of the coffee bar and extending towards the back. Using a three-group La Marzocco Strada machine and their Gamut espresso blend (they typically also offer a single origin and a decaf for espresso as well), they pulled shots that weren't heavy on body but have some nice chocolate tones with some caramel and a little orange peel. This is not a brightness bomb espresso (thankfully). A great espresso - even if the service can be painfully slow at times. Their milk-frothing is on the dense side. In 2014 they replaced their notNeutral cups with decorative white & orange Le Porcellane d'ANCAP cups. But whatever they are, the cappuccino here is a proper 5.5oz.