Fraīche

Overall Rating: 7.950


Address: 200 Hamilton St.
Cross Street(s): Emerson St.
City, State ZIP: Palo Alto, CA 94301
Neighborhood:
Phone: +1.650.838.9819
Hours: M-Th 7am-10:30pm; F 7am-11pm; Sa-Su 8am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Ice cream shop (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Syrup-like
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $3.25
Last Update: 06/12/2014
First Reviewed: 06/12/2014
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This sister of the chain seems to fare much better with its coffee than its SF counterpart. It's a vertically spacious corner shop with sidewalk seating and multiple booths indoors. They serve smoothies, frozen yogurt, snacks, and coffee. Everything here seems $1-2 more expensive than it should be, but the quality is there. ($3.25 is almost outrageous for a single shot of someone else's retail espresso. It would be the most expensive standard espresso in SF that didn't come from a restaurant.) Using a two-group La Marzocco FB/80, they pull an espresso with a mottled medium and darker brown crema of modest thickness. It has an enticing chocolatey aroma, some acidic bite, but mostly it shows an herbal pungency of freshly roasted coffee with a syrup-like edge. Served in classic brown Nuova Point cups. They make decent microfoam, but it's not decorative and yet their milk-based drinks show a good balance of flavor. Surprisingly good. Pour-over coffee is also available.