Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

Overall Rating: 8.550

Address: 456 University Ave.
Cross Street(s): Kipling St.
City, State ZIP: Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650.326.1263
Hours: Su-Th 7am-9pm; F-Sa 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.60
Aroma: 9
Body: 9
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Kinto
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 03/22/2016
First Reviewed: 07/01/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

The former Varsity Theater (and Borders books) has been revived as the "SAP Hanahaus" workspace with an attached Blue Bottle Coffee service. The historic building offers a unique outdoor courtyard in front, with various secluded café tables and benches, leading to a hall of merchandising before you reach the front service counter and bulk of the interior tables. Past the service counter is the leasable workspace by the hour. Using a two-group La Marzocco Strada, they pulled a thick, shorter shot with a mottled medium-brown crema. It had a potent aroma, a good body and mouthfeel, and a rich and complex blend of flavors that included dark chocolate, molasses sweetness, and some honey. The shortness of the pull brings out concentrated complexity: this is not your typical pale, narrowband, watery single origin shot pulled by self-described Third Wavers. A friend suggested he wasn't impressed by it, but I certainly was. It's extremely rare that you find shots consistently pulled of this style, however, so this will require repeat visits to verify if this just wasn't a one-off. Served in designer logo Kinto cups with sparkling water on the side.