Nice trip report. Despite the circumstances, you did well visiting several coffee houses.
We did go over to Bitter+Sweet in Cupertino. Daughter had red velvet latte, well a few sips of it, was all she could handle, but she wants to go back when she feels better. Sweets were good, not awesome, but worth it and atmosphere was not bad.
They have a red velvet latte sign outside to attract the Starbucks crowd. And you didn't have a Sightglass Owl's Howl espresso at Bitter+Sweet. My favorite espresso in the south bay. Next time buy some Sightglass coffee to take home.
We went up to Palo Alto on Sunday. Ended up going by Zombie Runner. Didn't have a drink but loved the theme. Did buy a bag of Gary's recommendation for home.
I assume you bought the Uganda Bugisu. I loved it as an espresso.
We also went to the Sweet Shop. Yes, they serve Verve, but do not do it justice. It's brewed and sits a bit and they have no clue what they have. Cute place though. If it was in my neighborhood, they'd learn, grin.
I've also been to that new cheese place, Fromage and Specialties. My issue with the shop is that they do not have a description for each cheese, which I do get when buying coffee or wine. They also couldn't suggest food and cheese pairing.
Daughter saw Los Gatos Roasting Co and wanted to go in. Definitely not third wave. Beans are roasted on site but not properly stored. Smelled okay and were fresh. She took some home. They offered us a free cup of coffee but couldn't deal with regular brew again so didn't. They did have a wonderful smelling chocolate for making mocha's that daughter said was yummy.
Los Gatos Roasting Co is very pretty, and worth a visit, but the coffee sucks. While visiting Los Gatos you missed Fleur de Cocoa, one of my favorite pastry bakeries. To find a high quality pastry is even more difficult than finding a quality coffee house. http://www.fleurdecocoa.com/
My vote for best desert was the tiramisu and Affogato at this Italian place in a hotel down townish in San Jose called Il Fornaio. Espresso was not super but the overall effect of having those together was nummers.
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