Yo el Rey Roasting

Overall Rating: 7.300

Address: 1217 Washington St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Lincoln Ave. & First St.
City, State ZIP: Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone: 707.321.7901
Hours: M-Th 6:30am-6pm; F-Su 6:30am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astoria
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Yo el Rey Roasting
Cup Manufacturer: China Ceramic
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 07/03/2015
First Reviewed: 07/03/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales

This small café is located just off of Calistoga's Lincoln Ave. "main street". Outside there are metal café table for seating along the sidewalk. Inside there is window stool seating and a few chairs and café tables with a Diedrich roaster smack in the middle (they roast organic coffees in-house). Baked goods come from ABC, and they offer a variety of coffee options from cold brew to pour-overs with Clever drippers. Using a two-group manual lever Astoria machine, they offered an espresso shot from a single origin organic Sumatran - which is something of a bold choice. (You'd never find this in Portland, OR, for example.) It had a limited aroma, some strong smoke that hits the olfactory palate quickly, and a medium brown crema of decent heft but scant on quantity. There was a sharp brightness to the cup with some molasses sweetness and a flavor of dark baking chocolate and spice. Although the flavors were not in balance and it was clearly a single origin, it emphasized multiple bands of the flavor spectrum. Interesting and good, to say the least. Served in colorful China cups.