Happy Girl Kitchen Co.

Overall Rating: 7.150


Address: 173 Central Ave.
Cross Street(s): Dewey Ave.
City, State ZIP: Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Neighborhood:
Phone: 831.373.4475
Hours: M-Sa 7:30am-5pm; Su 7:30am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Medicinal
Coffee Beans: Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 01/24/2015
First Reviewed: 01/24/2015
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This spacious café opened in the Fall of 2010. Located not far from the David Ave. border with Monterey, it's a few blocks from the famed aquarium and can practically pass for Monterey. Out front along Central Ave. is a wooden parklet with a few café tables and two larger shared tables - it looks familiar to anyone from SF. Inside, along sherbet green walls, there's a longer bench with a few café tables and two larger shared tables. There are shelves and shelves and tables of merchandising for sale: primarily jams, pickles, and baked goods. And yet most of the floorspace is dominated by the working bakery in the rear half of the shop. There's a real vegetarian vibe to the place - down to the homemade kombucha for those who love sour tea made from soiled diapers. But the coffee service - which runs later in the day than the 3pm food service hours - isn't bad here. They use an orange, two-group manual lever La San Marco machine, Mazzer grinders, and Blue Bottle coffee to pull modestly sized shots with an even, medium brown crema of little distinction. It's light on the aroma, and the flavor seems a little brighter than a typical Blue Bottle cup: some spice, some sharpness, some apple acidity. There's a decent flavor balance, but it lacks exceptionalism at just about every dimension. While Blue Bottle service is a find this far south, it's off the standards of most sellers. Served in classic brown Nuova Point cups. For pour-over service they feature a stand with four Blue-Bottle-branded Bonmac drippers. For milk-frothing, they use Clover milk and employ decorative rosettas in their latte art. They seem much better at milk-based drinks than the straight espresso here, as it is not too milky and exhibits good balance. Hence the generous correction score in their rating.