Rustic Bakery Café

Overall Rating: 8.350

Address: 2017 Larkspur Landing Circle
Cross Street(s): At the Marin Country Mart, across the Larkspur Landing ferry
City, State ZIP: Larkspur, CA 94939
Phone: 415.461.9900
Hours: M-Su 7am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.50
Aroma: 9
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 09/03/2016
First Reviewed: 08/03/2014
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Rustic Bakery has earned awards for its baked goods, but its espresso service is surprisingly good. This location sits at the end of the Larkspur Landing for the incoming ferries, in the Marin Country Mart. They have extensive outdoor space with white-painted wooden picnic tables under parasols at multiple zones around the building. Inside they have some stool seating among shared, long tables. They serve many baked goods in addition to salads, sandwiches, and wines. For espresso, they served Stumptown and now Equator from a two-group La Marzocco Linea behind the cashiers. It was once a daringly short shot, but they remain wisely constrained in the volume of their poor. It has a textured medium and dark brown crema. The result is potent and yet balanced. It has a full, healthy aroma, and it provides the three-sip doppio with a rich body and potency. There's some molasses and spices in the flavor mix. When they served Stumptown it surprisingly lacked the Stumptown brightness bomb acidity, making it arguably one of the best expressions of Stumptown coffee we'd encountered anywhere, including various Stumptown cafés. With the switch to Equator, they've managed to do the same: beating the roaster/café at its own retail beverage game. Served in classic black Nuova Point cups. Milk-frothing tends to be restrained: lower volumes but generally well integrated with the espresso.