Acme Coffee Roasting Co.

Overall Rating: 8.400

Address: 485 B Palm Ave.
Cross Street(s): Alley off Broadway Ave. btwn Contra Costa St. & Del Monte Blvd.
City, State ZIP: Seaside, CA 93955
Phone: 831.393.9113
Hours: M-F 6:30am-3pm; Sa 7am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 8.60
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Acme Coffee Roasting Company
Cup Manufacturer: Inker
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 05/18/2013
First Reviewed: 06/16/2012
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

What a fantastic find on the fringes of Monterey city. This location is mostly a roastery (with a roaster in back supplied by Roasters Exchange) who supplies a number of area restaurants and cafés, however they also offer kiosk-like walk-up retail beverage service. The address will take you to their non-descript garage entrance, so you need to head around the corner to an alley with a cyclone-fence-enclosed parking lot. Even if there's no place to sit here, there are plenty of locals who frequent this spot and all seem to know each other: women in exercise pants, hipsters, old guys with pick-ups, former employees, etc. There are two short metal counters to stand against and drink your brew, however. There are odd collectables on the walls. It feels a lot like the Barefoot Coffee Roasters Coffee Works and Roll-UP Bar in San Jose, just with a lot more quirk. (And how many places do you know sell straight chicory for $3.50 a half pound?) For coffee service they offer a pour-over bar, a two-group, yellow (formerly turquoise) Rancilio Z9 lever machine, and a very rare and less-used three-group orange Brugnetti Aurora lever machine. In addition to espresso shots with their Motor City Espresso blend, they offer single origin shots of things like Guatemala Hue Hue Tenango or their Costa Rican. They serve shots with a mottled, swirled dark and medium brown crema, a potent aroma, a rich body, and a complex, well-blended flavor of fresh spice, some tobacco, and sweeter notes. Served in a mismatched collection of ceramic espresso cups (often Inker). This is one of the finest new espresso shots we've had anywhere the year we first visited The milk-frothing leaves a lot to be desired, however, as they serve cappuccino in only paper cups and with too much coffee volume - making it more of a latte with some stiff froth. Monterey's Café Lumiere makes a much better cap with latte art.