Back Yard Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 7.850

Address: 965 Brewster Ave.
Cross Street(s): Perry St.
City, State ZIP: Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650.365.3500
Hours: M-F 7am-9pm; Sa 8am-9pm; Su 9am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 07/24/2014
First Reviewed: 07/24/2014
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Originally opened as Caffe Sportivo circa 2008 with a strange homage to a fitness joint (due to a physical trainer who ran the place). In 2012 the same owner changed the name and the vibe to something closer what it is today: a darker place with a focus on coffee, wine & beer (and minimalist food items), and live music nights. The focus here on coffee now is oddly good, given its fortuitous address (Brewster Ave.). While there is some token outdoor café table seating under parasols along two sides of the building with limited parking in the rear, the vibe is really inside this place. It's dark: the interior has long sofas and counter seating beneath tinted windows. And black everything: tables, floors, chairs, painted wall sections, etc. The laptop zombie presence is noticeable without being overwhelming -- perhaps due to the emphasis on live and recorded music (they were playing Queen's "The Game" album on our last visit). They emphasize their Stumptown Coffee supplies, using multiple roasts for their V60 pour-over service. For espresso they use a highly customized three-group Synesso machine at the bar, pulling shots with an even, medium brown crema. It has the expected Stumptown brightness and a flavor of apples, spices, herbal pungency, and some molasses with a potent body as well. Served in black (of course) classic ACF cups with no saucer. Solid coffee for an area where that can be harder to find.