Coupa Café

Overall Rating: 7.500

Address: 571 Escondido Mall
Cross Street(s): Green Library, Stanford University campus
City, State ZIP: Stanford, CA 94305
Neighborhood: Stanford University
Phone: 650.331.0672
Hours: M-F 7:30am-10pm; Sa-Su 8:30am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Coupa Café
Cup Manufacturer: Victoria Porcelain Co.
Price: $1.90
Last Update: 03/18/2014
First Reviewed: 03/18/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This café is located on Stanford University campus, surrounded by the Green Library, the Graduate School of Education, and other buildings in the shadow of the Hoover Tower. A free-standing coffee hut located in the center of the open space that surrounds it (save for a barrage of locked up bicycles), it is very popular with students and faculty. There are dozens of metal outdoor café tables and chairs (there is no indoor space) that encircle the small building. A couple of lines tend to form along one side, and they serve their Venezuelan single origin beans using a four-group UNIC machine. It is surprisingly very consistent with their downtown Palo Alto location. They pull shots with a medium brown crema that's a little light on body but yet remains healthy looking. The shot is modestly sized with a flavor of herbal pungency with some tobacco notes. It balances well with their good milk-frothing, as they make one of the better cappuccinos in the Palo Alto area.