Modern Coffee

Overall Rating: 8.100

Address: 411 13th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Braodway & Franklin St. at the Tribune Tower
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94612
Neighborhood: Oakland City Center
Phone: 510.835.8000
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Counter Culture Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: notNeutral
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 07/16/2015
First Reviewed: 07/16/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This downtown Oakland coffee house sits at the base of the historic Tribune Building. It's a smallish space with ceiling fans and windows that open, a large front window for people-watching over the sidewalk at window counter stools, and a few indoor café tables and chairs/benches with a wall of merchandising in the back. (They sell Stumptown, Chromatic, and Verve coffee retail.) Wooden surfaces, large stone tiles on the floor, and a white, two-group La Marzocco FB/80. They offer pour-over and Chemex coffee as well. A multi-roaster café, they rotate their bean stocks and were serving Counter Culture's Big Trouble for this review. (They served Linea Caffe for pour-overs.) They pulled three-sips-short shots with a mottled medium-brown crema and a rather broad flavor of spices, some herbs, and brightness with a bigger kick at the end - but still lacking much heavy acidity. It's a relatively lively cup, but with a flavor profile that isn't too distinctive. Served in white notNeutral cups.