Tribeca Bakery

Overall Rating: 7.700

Address: 106 Main Rd.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Rec & Central Rds.
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 7975
Neighborhood: Kalk Bay
Phone: +27.21.788.3424
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; F-Sa 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Tribeca Bakery
Cup Manufacturer: Continental
Price: $1.70
Last Update: 07/18/2010
First Reviewed: 07/18/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Opening in Sept. 2009, this beachfront café in downtown Kalk Bay bustles with lovers of coffee and baked goods. They've adopted a theme based on New York City's TriBeCa neighborhood, which is expressed in NYC imagery on the walls. The tables are pretty classy, actually, and there are often musicians in front along the sidewalk (which has some of its own sidewalk table seating). While popular for breakfast, they also serve sandwiches and dinner after 5pm. Cappuccinos are on the menu, instead of flat whites, and they also offer the occasional odd South African coffee cocktail, such as the honey nut crunch macchiato. In back there's an espresso bar that also offers wine, where an older, deep red, three-group La San Marco machine pulls shots of their own espresso blend. (They also have a Mazzer grinder.) The resulting shot has a flecked, even, medium brown crema. It's a touch thin, but it's hard to complain: it's a potent espresso (surprising as a double-sized single) with a fuller body and a roasted flavor of some pepper and spices blended well. A fine example of espresso in a popular place. R13.