Cafe Borrone

Overall Rating: 6.100

Address: 1010 El Camino Real
Cross Street(s): Santa Cruz Ave.
City, State ZIP: Menlo Park, CA 94025
Neighborhood: N/A
Phone: 650.327.0830
Hours: M-Th 7am-11pm; F 7am-12am; Sa 8am-12am; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating:
Barista: 5
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating:
Aroma: 8
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 7/15/2007
First Reviewed: 8/14/2004
Notes: Outdoor Seating


A Peninsula people-watching Mecca, typically filled with large crowds throughout the day and skirmishes over available outdoor tables. Large indoor and outdoor seating areas, local art, musicians, and obligatory patrons in bike shorts. Mazzer grinder and twin two-group La Marzocco Lineas are at the heart of this operation. The coffee drink sizes here tend to be enormous, however. They serve espresso with a very pale, blonde crema of mediocre thickness. Good Lavazza aroma. But with a pour to the rim of their Lavazza logo IPA cups, it's dominated by a weak body and a watery drip coffee flavor with some woody notes. Fortunately for most patrons, the milk frothing is much better - as everyone seems to particularly bathe in milk-based drinks here. The weak espresso can be hidden rather easily underneath it all.