35° North Coffee

Overall Rating: 6.450

Address: 60 E. San Francisco St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Don Gaspar Ave. & Old Santa Fe Trl.
City, State ZIP: Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505.983.6138
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: 35° North Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 03/12/2016
First Reviewed: 03/12/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales

This central Santa Fe modern coffee house resides in the Santa Fe Arcade on the 2nd Floor. Opening Dec 2015, it was developed as a new coffee house "concept" by an area restaurant group lead by Gerald Peters called Santa Fe Dining Inc. Yes, coffee has become a theme restaurant in America: here a self-described "full-service third wave coffee house". Their slogan, coined by restaurant vet and manager Rob Rittmeyer, is "Find your latitude". Its name refers to Santa Fe's latitude as well as the number of grams of coffee used in their pour-overs. As part of a concept restaurant chain, the food gets a bit of attention: beignets, a croque monsieur, and banh mi sandwiches as a sort of French-influenced theme - even if French is a poor choice for a coffee affiliation. Accessed from inside the mall, there are five nicer faux marble café tables along a back booth and a marble rear counter with a half-dozen stools. There's also a separate seating room with more and larger tables across of the main entrance. The kitchen, and its vent, are massive: these are clearly food people. And the food sensibilities don't stop with edibles, as they even offer (as is creative coffee in NM) an "oatmeal latte": complete with actual oatmeal, brown sugar, and granola as influenced by Colorado ski bums. They do roast their own on-site with all the space, and they offer drip, single-origin pour-overs, nitro coffee, and espresso service. Even something called a "Latitude Adjustment" as a nod to the Paleo snake oil types seeking a Bulletproof Coffee(tm) knock-off. All said, they use the three-group La Marzocco Linea behind the counter on shots of their "dark roast blend" to produce an even, medium-to-darker-brown crema of decent thickness. The coffee body is good, and despite being served in a short paper cup the results are better than expected. It has a darker flavor profile of herbal pungency with some tobacco but no ashiness.