Rustic Bakery Café

Overall Rating: 8.300

Address: 2017 Larkspur Landing Circle
Cross Street(s): At the Marin Country Mart, across the Larkspur Landing ferry
City, State ZIP: Larkspur, CA 94939
Phone: 415.461.9900
Hours: M-Su 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 9
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/03/2014
First Reviewed: 08/03/2014
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Rustic Bakery has earned awards for its baked goods, but its espresso service is surprisingly good. This location sits at the end of the Larkspur Landing for the incoming ferries, in the Marin Country Mart. They have extensive outdoor space with white-painted wooden picnic tables under parasols at multiple zones around the building. Inside they have some stool seating among shared, long tables. They serve many baked goods in addition to salads, sandwiches, and wines. For espresso, they serve Stumptown from a two-group La Marzocco Linea behind the cashiers. It is a daringly short shot - almost just a single sip - with a textured medium brown crema. While most Americans might complain about the scant volume - a sign advertises a 4-oz pour that's closer to 1-oz - the result is potent and yet balanced. It has a potent aroma, and it provides a single sip with good (not overly extensive) body and potency. There's some molasses and modest spices in the flavor mix, and it's surprisingly lacking the Stumptown brightness bomb acidity. This is arguably one of the best expressions of Stumptown coffee we've encountered anywhere, including various Stumptown cafés. Served in classic black Nuova Point cups.