warehouse is their machine showroom and
employee espresso bar. Inside, it's decorated with a variety of machines
carried by Mr. Espresso with a mirrored bar at the back. There are many used
cups lying about from the espresso employees who frequently "sample & toss"
throughout the day. With a two-group Faema E91 Diplomat, Luigi
di Ruocco can serve you one of the finest examples of espresso in the
Bay Area. Using their Neapolitan Espresso roast, he pulls a shot with a
darker, reddish brown crema of a decent thickness and
consistency. Flavorwise, the espresso doesn't have a heavy reliance on a
dark roast for body - as is typical in the Bay Area. The result was a rich,
potent, and yet very balanced cup where no flavor component seemed to
overpower the others. You could taste the wide variety in the oak wood
roasted blend. One of the very few places in the world where I've ever given
out a "10" rating on one of the scoring criteria.