La Tartine Cafe

Overall Rating: 6.350

Address: 830 Middlefield Rd.
Cross Street(s): Broadway St.
City, State ZIP: Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650.298.8278
Hours: M-W 7am-10pm; Th 7am-11pm; F-Sa 7am-12am; Su 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Iberital
Coffee Rating: 5.90
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co
Cup Manufacturer: Front of the House
Price: $2.10
Last Update: 02/06/2009
First Reviewed: 02/06/2009
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Located in the Redwood City Theater District, this café aspires to be something a little more for the neighborhood than it is. Recently taken over by the developer/landlord from its previous owners, who were in foreclosure, it has a long bar of pastries, salads, soup, and sandwiches, parasol seating on the sidewalk in front, and numerous indoor café tables and leather chairs in a more plush environment of dark wood beams. For espresso, they use a three-group Iberital to produce espresso shots with a strong, ash-like odor, filled high in the cup. The crema is an even, medium brown of modest thickness. The big sin here is the ashier flavor, however. Served in a modern-looking cup and saucer combination with shreds of lemon rind mysteriously on the side. They also have a Melitta bar for up to six filter coffees.