Flying Goat Coffee @ 324 Center St., Healdsburg

Overall Rating: 8.150

Address: 324 Center St.
Cross Street(s): Plaza St.
City, State ZIP: Healdsburg, CA 95448
Neighborhood: N/A
Phone: 707.433.9081
Hours: M-Su 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating:
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating:
Aroma: 9
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: +0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Flying Goat Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.95
Last Update: 6/9/2007
First Reviewed: 10/11/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating, Coffee Bean Sales


Small, Sonoma-based chain café and roastery. "The Goat," as the locals like to call it. Brighter (and less modern in design) inside than before, with a lot of uncluttered, empty space. High counter seating, once under spot lighting, now under softer, more general light. Several indoor tables and some benches on the front sidewalk. The baristas are young professionals with a little attitude, but the coffee backs it up against their Healdsburg competition.

They serve espresso from a cherry red, three-group La Marzocco FB/70 with a dark brown crema of average thickness (it's slimmed down some in recent years). Rich, dark, and smooth, with a sign of some grounds in the pour. Served more appropriately lukewarm, rather than scalding hot. The body has lightened up a little, but it's still a great cup. Mellow and smooth flavor that mixes herbal and buttery tastes, with a slightly sweet finish. They've also replaced their Homer Laughlin cups with those from Espresso Supply.