Location: 1171 Homestead, Santa Clara.
Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2005
Espresso: My espresso this morning was served in a proper ceramic cup. It had a thick crema, although it dissipated rapidly. The crema was medium-to-pale in color with a small patch of 'white-out'. Having a full body and low acidity, it displayed hints of chocolate and vanilla, with only a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.
Atmosphere: CLE is layed-out in an odd manner with the serving/ordering counter bodering something of a hallway in between what are effectively two rooms. It can make for a crowded jostle when things are busy. The shop is clean and quiet. There are a couple of couches in the front 'room' in addition to the standard cafe tables. A chess board is set up on a coffee table between the couches.
There is another location located inside the main branch of the Santa Clara city library.
Verdict: The coffee was suprisingly ok, although not great. I suppose I'd hang there if I could get a pick-up game of chess going.