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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2007, 12:49pm
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slidingmike Said:

Someone on Craigslist also posted about another new coffee shop in SJ: Bellano Coffee (3985 Stevens Creek Blvd, between Saratoga Ave and Lawrence Expressway) that they claim is approaching Barefoot quality as well...

I haven't tried it; anyone know anything about it?
http://www.bellanocoffee.com/

Posted January 19, 2007 link

Visited Bellano Coffee for the first time on Monday 1/22/07. They have been open for six months. Very nice Zoka Paladino double ristretto shot pulled on a Synesso!

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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2007, 12:50pm
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At Bellano coffee I had a second very nice Paladino ristretto pulled on a Synesso. Look at this naked pour coming from this monster group head!

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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2007, 12:51pm
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Bellano is only 1.5 miles from Barefoot. So I headed over there next and they were pulling shots using Sweetness, my favorite blend at Barefoot. The barista was just certified and pulled this very nice double Sweetness ristretto on a GB5. The shots I had at eMocha and Bellano were very good but this shot at Barefoot was the best. Not really fair comparing since each have a different flavor profile, but that is a good thing and keeps drinking different espressos interesting. Barefoot, Bellano and eMocha all pour very good shots and are highly recommended.

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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2007, 2:59pm
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I visited Barefoot today and then drove down to Bellano.  I agree with Gary -- Bellano does a very nice espresso.  Bellano is beautifully decorated.  Their interior and all of their equipment is all brand new with gentle music playing.  Free wi-fi, too, according to the sign on the door.  And as Gary said, they have a beautiful Synesso machine.
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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2007, 3:35pm
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danwing Said:

I visited Barefoot today and then drove down to Bellano.  I agree with Gary -- Bellano does a very nice espresso.  Bellano is beautifully decorated.  Their interior and all of their equipment is all brand new with gentle music playing.  Free wi-fi, too, according to the sign on the door.  And as Gary said, they have a beautiful Synesso machine.

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Thanks for letting us know! I live in Half Moon Bay, but work in Cupertino. There are Starbuck's all over (blech) and Coffee Societys, (wireless is iffy at best and the baristas are inconsistent) so I'm very happy to hear about this new place. I will definitely be checking it out, probably tomorrow.
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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2007, 4:21pm
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I visited eMocha earlier this afternoon (hi Phil!).  It's not at all bad, but I wouldn't quite put them at the level of Barefoot/Ritual/Blue Bottle/Pacific Bay/Temple.

I'll try to hit Bellano soon; I've driven past any number of times and never bothered to stop in.  Gary, how do they compare to Satura (since they both use Paladino)?

 
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007, 1:33am
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espressophile Said:

I'll try to hit Bellano soon; I've driven past any number of times and never bothered to stop in.  Gary, how do they compare to Satura (since they both use Paladino)?

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The Bellano Paladino shots were a lot better. Satura opened in Los Altos in January 2006 (lower left shot) and in Palo Alto July 2006 (lower right shot). Decent shot with some complexity but not worth going back to Satura for.

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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007, 1:36am
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Best Paladino shots I've had were at Cafe Organica. This Paladino shot was pulled on the Mirage in February 2006. Eton also had a 450rpm conical grinder which helped pull better shots.

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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007, 2:10am
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I've visited Zoka in Seattle in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In those days I had to drive 800 miles to get a good shot. Look how much variation I there is in these double Paladino shots. I remember the 2002 ristretto which was real nice.

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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 11:43am
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vertigo Said:

Better than Barefoot? To my palate thatís a stretch.

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You are right. I went back to eMocha, had these two shots, and I agree Barefoot is better. Thing is that it doesn't really matter. These shots were very good with very nice complexity and I left eMocha very pleased to have had these good ristrettos.

eMocha is across the street form San Jose City Hall which has this amazing glass dome. Lots of people in suits who work there go to eMocha. Currently eMocha does not sell Blue Bottle beans.

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