Coupa Café

Overall Rating: 7.450

Address: 538 Ramona St.
Cross Street(s): Hamilton Ave.
City, State ZIP: Palo Alto, CA 94301
Neighborhood: N/A
Phone: 650.322.6872
Hours: M-Su 7:00am-11:00pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating:
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating:
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 9
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Coupa Café
Cup Manufacturer: Victoria
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 2/17/2007
First Reviewed: 2/17/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales, Coffee Accessory Sales, Outdoor Seating


This unusual café is unique for serving single estate coffees from Venezuela. They obtain their beans from the Arabica Coffee Company in Caracas and run cafés here and in Beverly Hills. They have a restaurant-sized café space - with large patio seating in front, seating in the back before a fireplace and under a glass skylight, and inside seating along the main service area decorated with black & white photos of Venezuelan coffee estates. They sell Venezuelan chocolates, lunch items, and plenty of coffee. They even offer a 'ristretto' on the menu (reviewed here). Using a three-group UNIC Zi, they pull a shot with a mild aroma and a medium brown crema of lighter thickness with some striping. There's a sharp pungency to the flavor that you would expect from a single estate espresso, but it's not terribly potent for a ristretto. They are fairly good milk frothing as well - it tends to be dry, yet a strong coffee flavor comes through in their cappuccino (you can taste the coffee instead of just milk).