Ritual Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 7.950


Address: 610 First St.
Cross Street(s): In the Oxbow Market
City, State ZIP: Napa, CA 94559
Neighborhood:
Phone: 707.226.6529
Hours: M 7am-6pm; Tu 7am-8pm; W-F 7am-6pm; Sa-Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: S
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 12/14/2014
First Reviewed: 08/23/2008
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
Opening in the Spring of 2008, this remote Ritual location is little more than a counter inside the Oxbow Market. In addition to the four-group La Marzocco GB/5 they use to pull shots. They abandoned their two Clover machines for a V60 pour-over bar. Bench seating is available just beyond the counter. They typically have as many as four Mazzer grinders in service, with at least a couple labelled for their seasonal espresso and decaf blends in use. This counter is commonly staffed by former baristas from their SF Valencia St. mothership (complete with prerequisite tatts). Like the other Ritual locations, they offer single espresso shots on the menu ($2.25) and the usual doubles ($2.75). They pull shots with a darker, sometimes lighter, brown, even crema over a very modest, short pour. While it isn't exactly syrupy, the shot can have a thick body and some honey-like sweetness over tobacco flavors. Repeat visits have proven that they are a worthy café in their small chain. Their milk-frothing is good, but not great: some larger bubbles and inconsistency in the foam. Served in black ACF and classic brown Nuova Point cups (and occasionally whites). Bring cash.