Saturday, September 01, 2007

Guerilla Cafe

Location: 1620 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Reviewed: August 31, 2007

Espresso: Guerilla uses coffee from Blue Bottle. Unfortunately, they pre-grind it; despite this, however, the crema was surprisingly quite thick. The barista didn't pay much attention to the pour, and what resulted was about 1.5oz. of espresso with the aforementioned thick crema. The crema was of a moderate brownish color and didn't look at all bad. It was full-bodied, sweet, and fairly bright.

Atmosphere: Something between a coffee bar and a full restaurant, Guerilla features table service but also has counter seating. It's a long narrow space of moderate size with large chiaroscuro portraits of Che Guevara (or someone else maybe) on the walls.

Verdict: Not bad, but the weakest Blue Bottle coffee I've experienced.

1 comment:

keba konte said...

Greetings, I would first like to say that I appreciate your feedback about our coffee. We do take it very seriously and our barista training is ongoing by Blue Bottle staff. As a policy we DO NOT pre-grind our espresso or coffee for that matter. As you well know ground espresso goes flat after about two minutes. If there is a line of drink orders the grinder pretty much stays on. I hope you give us another opportunity to serve you the best shot of BB espresso you have ever had.

Best regards,

Keba Konte
co-owner