Cunha's Country Store

Overall Rating: 3.900

Address: 448 Main St.
Cross Street(s): Kelly Ave.
City, State ZIP: Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: +1.650.726.4071
Hours: M-Sa 8am-8pm; Su 8am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Grocery
Cafe Rating: 3.00
Barista: 4
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Iberital
Coffee Rating: 4.80
Aroma: 4
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Outland Java Company
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 06/07/2014
First Reviewed: 06/07/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

A longtime neighborhood grocery store and old-fashioned market, the name dates to a famous Portuguese family who established the grocery business over a century ago around 1920. Built in 1900, the building originally operated as a saloon, a general store, and an upstairs performance hall. (They still sell a number of Portuguese specialties for locals and some tourists.) It's probably the city's most historic landmark and even survived a fire that destroyed it in 2003, after which it was restored. They offer a few café tables on the sidewalk out front on Main St. Behind the deli counter and at the window they use a two-group Iberital to pull shots of Outland Java (similar to the oily stuff in bins in the back). It comes with a thin, pale crema that dissipates quickly. It's a large pour, and flavorwise it tases of smoke and a hint of some not entirely unpleasant ash. Served only in paper cups. This tastes of San Francisco espresso circa 1985: darkly roasted with no real fruit.