Actual Cafe

Overall Rating: 7.750

Address: 6334 San Pablo Ave.
Cross Street(s): Alcatraz Ave.
City, State ZIP: Oakland, CA 94608
Phone: 510.653.8386
Hours: M-Th 7am-8pm; F 7am-10pm; Sa 8am-10pm; Su 8am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 7.50
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: McLaughlin Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 08/08/2011
First Reviewed: 08/08/2011
Notes: Outdoor Seating

It was unthinkable that an indie coffeeshop like this could exist in this neighborhood 20 years ago, now it doesn't seem all that strange. Outside there's sidewalk seating that wraps around the corner. Inside there's a spacious bike rack for hanging your vehicle, large wooden booths, long wooden tables, a leather sofa and chairs, and lots of studious laptop users (the owners espouse "laptop-free weekends," however). They offer breakfasts, sandwiches, beer, wine, and of course coffee - from a two-group red Elektra machine in the service area. With it they pull shots with a slightly thin layer of a healthy medium brown crema. It has a moderate body and comes as a shorter shot with clove-like pungency and some hints of sweetness.