Nepenthe

Overall Rating: 5.300


Address: Highway 1
Cross Street(s): 3 mi S of Big Sur State Park
City, State ZIP: Big Sur, CA 93920
Neighborhood:
Phone: 831.667.2345
Hours: Su-Sa 11:30am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 4.80
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Estate Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Hall China
Price: $4.00
Last Update: 01/12/2008
First Reviewed: 01/12/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
At 808 ft. above sea level on the site of The Log House, this casual, cliff-edge restaurant has great views of Big Sur with espresso prices to match. Up a series of stairs from the parking lot and past a gift shop, it's a large, windowed space with a fireplace, a bar, and two levels of ample outdoor patio seating around its perimeter with views down the cliffside and seaside. They offer a variety of wines, burgers, and other typical bar food. Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea at the bar, they serve espresso shots in monstrous, gargantuan sizes: like a latte without the milk. They're not too coffee savvy here. They can incorrectly recite their coffee producer right away (saying it was Monterey Bay Roasting Company, which doesn't exist). The obscene shot size also shows a lack of espresso savvy. They serve it with a pale crema of limited thickness, though it does completely cover the surface. It has a thinner, drip-like flavor, like an Americano, with accents of mild pepper.