Archetype

Overall Rating: 7.800


Address: 1429 Main St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Adams & Pine Sts.
City, State ZIP: St. Helena, CA 94574
Neighborhood:
Phone: 707.968.9200
Hours: M-F 11:30am-9pm; Sa-Su 9am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $4.00
Last Update: 08/23/2014
First Reviewed: 08/23/2014
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Formerly the French Blue, this restaurant opened in its place in April 2014. The menu is a bit pricey for what amounts to a lot of high-end brunch fare plus lunch and dinner menus, but the food is pretty good. Outside it has a covered patio enclosed from the front sidewalk, fit with dining tables and chairs. Inside it has an open, white-painted wood-ceilinged farmhouse look inside: bright and with a bit of space. Using a two-group Faema behind the central kitchen area, they pull shots of Mr. Espresso that come with a darker brown, rich crema - with a slightly lighter pour area at the spout. It's a rich-looking espresso, one that's surprising for a Napa Valley restaurant. It's a touch thin on body for all other good appearances, and it tastes of a balanced blend of spice and mostly strong herbal pungency. A serious restaurant espresso (and it better be for the price). Served in Mr. Espresso logo Nuova Point cups.