Overall Rating: 4.900

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

Address: San Carlos St.
Cross Street(s): In the Doud Craft Studios, btwn Ocean & 7th Sts.
City, State ZIP: Carmel, CA 93921
Neighborhood: Carmel-by-the-Sea
Phone: 831.624.5599
Hours: M-Th 11am-8pm; F-Su 11am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 4
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Farmer Brothers Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.95
Last Update: 04/20/2008
First Reviewed: 04/20/2008
Notes: None

Established in 1955, this indoor food counter is technically Carmel's oldest Italian restaurant. Using a three-group, manual, brass eagle Rancilio machine with "Paolina's" detailed on the back, they pull slow shots of espresso that run a bit full in a paper cup. It has a richer medium brown crema, however, and a smoky herbal flavor with a slight bitter edge. There are a lot worse espressos in this town. [CLOSED: Now Carmel Belle.]