Taylor Maid Farms

Overall Rating: 8.300

Address: 6790 McKinley St., #170
Cross Street(s): In The Barlow, btwn Brown & Morris Sts.
City, State ZIP: Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: 707.634.7129
Hours: M-Th 6am-7pm; F-Sa 6am-9pm; Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Taylor Maid Farms
Cup Manufacturer: Espresso Supply, Inc.
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 10/11/2014
First Reviewed: 08/02/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

They have been a Sonoma County coffee institution since 1993, but they opened this flagship café in 2013 with the opening of The Barlow, Inspired by the opening of the Ferry Building Marketplace in SF and the Oxbow Market in Napa, these extensive grounds were once the Barlow Apple Factory and processing plant. Today it is a consumer-friendly home to a variety of artisinal food, coffee, and wine production. (A stark contrast with the nearby 2013 opening of the Graton casino, which also redeveloped land to revamp the local economy.) In front along McKinley St. they have rather extensive front patio seating. Inside there are two levels of café tables and chairs, a wall of coffee and equipment for retail, and a lot of counter and stool seating near open glass garage "delivery" doors. There's a lot of rough wooden paneling, concrete floors, and a rear space dedicated to coffee greens and roasting operations. Electrical outlets are covered, and the environment responds in social kind (although the town often looks like a Phish tour bus just crashed down the street). For retail coffee equipment they sell everything from a Rancilio Silvia, Aeropress, Clever and Hario drippers, Baratza grinders, and their trademark cans of coffee (but also bags). They offer five different pour-over menu coffees to choose from for either Brew Bar Hot (5 methods at different prices) and Brew Bar Cold (2). Using a two-group Strada (and three Mazzer grinders), they pull shots with a darker-to-medium brown, even crema and a flavor that blends in bright notes but is otherwise dominated by molasses and chocolate tones. The thinner body is about the only complaint. Served in black Cremaware cups with a glass of still water on the side. Their milk-frothing can be a little crude, and their drinks tend to run wet/milky rather than dry/foamy. While the macchiato might be a little heavy on milk, the 6-oz cups for their cappuccino keeps it balanced.