Location: 418 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
Reviewed: October 2, 2005
Espresso: The espresso here was extremely hot with very pale crema that dissipated rapidly. My "single" was served nearly overflowing in a cup that must have been ~3.5 oz. in capacity. The primary taste characteristic was bitter.
Atmosphere: The Perg is a local Santa Cruz icon and is populated by many people at all hours of the day and night. Alterna-art hangs on the walls. Outdoor seating is provided on two decks surrounded by trees. Non-smokers are segregated, but smoke tends to drift over from the smoking deck. Free wifi.
Verdict: A good place to watch people and drink something other than espresso.