Temple Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.600

Address: 1010 9th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn J & K Sts.
City, State ZIP: Sacramento, CA 95814
Neighborhood: Downtown
Phone: 916.443.4960
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.80
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 9
Brightness: 8
Crema: 9
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Temple Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: notNeutral
Price: $2.95
Last Update: 02/20/2016
First Reviewed: 02/20/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

One of a few great coffeeshops now in downtown Sacramento. This location opened in early 2006, right after Sean Kohmescher founded it. Located between the homeless encampments in Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza and various screaming street people who sleep in the doorways along the K Street Mall, this shop attracts a decidedly student-oriented customer base. Out front there's fenced-in sidewalk seating, consisting of a long wooden counter and chairs under parasols along 9th St. Inside they painted the ceiling ducts black, left crude cement slab floors, with a painted coffee menu on the cement block rear wall: espresso, French press, and pour-over options (clear Hario V60s). They have two long, live-edge wood tables for shared seating plus a side bench with various students plugged in to earbuds and laptops. On the opposite wall is a significant wall o' merch (pots, drippers, brewers, T-shirts, beanies, mugs). They offer a plethora of roasts for sale, and for their espresso they were offering their Dharma Blend, Ethiopia Limmu Burka Gudina, and a Colombia San Jose decaf in different grinders. Ordering an espresso with their Dharma Blend, they served it from a four-group La Marzocco Linea PB. They brought it to our seat with a small wooden tray containing the espresso in a white notNeutral demitasse and a small glass beaker of sparkling water. Thoughtful and classy. It came with a mottled darker and medium brown crema with a good coagulation and thickness. The flavor is dark and the mouthfeel is full-bodied: there's molasses, chocolate, and caramel. As an espresso I didn't get much of the stated cherry, but as a macchiato the cherry comes through more. This is a robust, untrendy espresso that still believes in dark, body-driven complexity - a well-blended coffee that's just about as good as you can get anywhere. Milk-frothing is dense and quite good also.