Connoisseur Coffee Company

Overall Rating: 6.500

Address: 2801 Middlefield Rd.
Cross Street(s): Pacific Ave.
City, State ZIP: Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650.369.5250
Hours: M-F 7am-5:30pm; Sa 8:30am-5:30pm
Type of Establishment: Roaster
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Connoisseur Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 01/14/2009
First Reviewed: 01/14/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This is primarily a roaster with a retail café operation hidden inside. It's located along Redwood City's Middlefield Road, amid a heavy population of Mexican restaurants and other local Latino culture. And this place fits the neighborhood mold: the staff are extremely friendly and want to speak Spanish with you as a way to welcome you into their culture. There are several rooms to this place - one that displays cups, the main entrance that displays large bins of beans, and an extensive back room. This rear area contains their humble coffee bar setup, a G. W. Barth Menado roaster, workspace for post-roasting operations (they roast Tue & Thu), and a collection of large burlap sacks for sale - with or without coffee. At the coffee bar, they use a single-group, red Rancilio to pull shots with a medium brown, even crema in paper cup. It's a slightly large pour, with a mild pungency and tobacco flavor. The roasting is still a bit dark for our general tastes, but you have to admire a long-standing, local operation such as this one.