Cafe Noir

Overall Rating: 6.700


NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).


Address: 365 Calle Principal
Cross Street(s): Franklin St., at the Osio Cinema
City, State ZIP: Monterey, CA 93940
Neighborhood:
Phone: 831.649.6647
Hours: N/A
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 10/31/2005
First Reviewed: 10/31/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
One of the best café scenes in the entire Monterey peninsula. Attached to the Osio Cinemas downtown, this location has two indoor levels and an outdoor patio designed for lounging in style. It has a very Bohemian feel (in a good way), complete with film noir references and XM satellite radio jazz played throughout. Free wi-fi and some good-looking sandwiches, pastries, and desserts. The food offerings shift from morning to evening around 11am each day. They serve espresso from a classic remake of a chrome, three-group E-61 Faema supplied by Mr. Espresso. The pour comes with a light-to-medium brown crema in classic brown, wide ACF cups, but unfortunately the crema has large bubbles suspended within it. With a flavor of spice and pepper and a distinctively dry malty edge. [CLOSED: Cafe Lumière by 2008.]