Toby's Coffee Bar

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 11250 State Route 1 (Main Street)
Cross Street(s): 2nd St.
City, State ZIP: Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: 415.663.9988
Hours: M-Su 6:30am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Nut-like
Coffee Beans: Taylor Maid Farms
Cup Manufacturer: Vertex
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 01/01/2012
First Reviewed: 01/01/2012
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

Toby's is something of an institution in the short downtown of Point Reyes Station. It's a general store, but it also has a rear feed lot - complete with haystacks, bags of feed, strings of prayer flags, and a neighboring yoga studio (this is Marin County, after all). It's at the entrance to the feed lot, sharing a wall with the Post Office, that you'll find a kiosk window branded as Toby's Coffee Bar. There are a few picnic tables and other outdoor tables in front. You can also buy organic baked goods, newspapers, and teas. Using a newer, two-group Nuova Simonelli machine inside their small service cubby-hole, they pull shots of Taylor Maid Farms in saucerless cups (which seems customary for West Marin). It comes with a dark brown crema, small bubbles, and a lighter heat spot. As espresso shots go, it's deep and dark: no fruit bombs here. It has a nuttier flavor mixed with cloves and other herbal pungency and is served as a default double shot.