Lafayette Bakery & Café

Overall Rating: 6.750

Address: 3659 The Barnyard, Suite #E22
Cross Street(s): Located in The Barnyard
City, State ZIP: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
Phone: 831.915.6286
Hours: M-Sa 7am-6pm; Su 7am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co
Cup Manufacturer: Glass
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 07/25/2015
First Reviewed: 07/25/2015
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This French-themed bakery & café knows all the moves: the décor, the French pop music, the French-accented staff. But while the baked items are good here, they don't live up to expectatations. Fortunately the coffee here is a bit of a positive surprise given typical French standards. Located in the Carmel Barnyard complex, it has a partial layout of what feels like a hexagon-shaped building with the baking facilities at the center and seating around the perimeter - and also under outdoor parasols in back. Macaroons, sweets, and baguettes are on display, surrounded by several tables and chairs. Using a single-group Nuova Simonelli, they pull shots with a medium brown, even crema of healthy size but light thickness. It's served in what seems like a gargantuan 8-oz glass cup, but the general quality is there of a decent espresso: not too thin, not overextracted and bitter (unlike the French stereotypes), and a simple blended flavor of mild spices. The cappuccino shows decent milk-frothing, but it is ridiculously thin and milky.