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greymalkin
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 1:08pm
Subject: Silicon Valley espresso?
 

I just moved to the area and am looking for shops making good espresso. Red Rock in Mountain View seems to do a good job, but I haven't found anything else in Mountain View/Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Los Altos/Los Gatos/Sunnyvale. Any suggestions? I might go further afield on occasion, so San Jose or Redwood City are options, too.
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 6:51pm
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Give any of these a try; some are better and more consistent than others, but you need to make those determinations for yourself.

In Palo Alto:
- Fraiche Yogurt, 200 Hamilton Ave
- Paris Baguette, 383 University Ave
- Chantal Guillon, 444 University Ave
- Calafia, 855 El Camino Real
- Cafe Zombie, 429 S. California Ave.

In Menlo Park:
- Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave

In Los Altos:
- The Sweet Shop, 994 Los Altos Ave
- Red Berry Coffee Bar, 145 Main Street (allegedly opening in Feb)

In Cupertino:
- Bitter+Sweet Coffee & Dessert Bar, 20560 Town Center Lane
- Paris Baguette, 20735 Stevens Creek Blvd
- Cafe LaTTea, 19501 Stevens Creek Blvd

In Santa Clara:
- Chromatic Coffee, 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd
- Bellano Coffee, 3985 Stevens Creek Blvd
- Yeganeh Bakery, 3275 Stevens Creek Blvd

In Campbell:
- Barefoot Coffee, 1819 S. Bascom Ave

In Redwood City:
- Back Yard Coffee, 965 Brewster Ave

In San Jose:
- Top Nosh Cafe, 1167 Lincoln Ave
- B2 Coffee, 170 W St. John Street

There are more, but that should be plenty to get you started.

 
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greymalkin
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 6:53pm
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Wow - what a fantastic list. Thank you so much! Now, let the tasting begin...
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 4:12pm
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Of the list, Chromatic is my favorite.
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greymalkin
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 4:52pm
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I was at Red Rock this morning and the barista recommended Chromatic too, along with Bellano, so those are moving to the top of my list.
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 5:09pm
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I haven't been to Chromatic since they took over the old Barefoot space, but their Gamut espresso blend is at the top of my  rotating list of for my espresso blend purchases.  I've gone through four bags so far.
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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 7:06am
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The people at Bellano are cool. They don't roast but it's a nice place.

Chromatic really made the old Barefoot place shine. Nice atmosphere. And they are a bit crazy, in a good way :)

My daughter lives in San Jose and those are her favorite places. Stevens Creek Blvd in Santa Clara, and areas right off of it, such as Bitter+Sweet, is a street you can find a lot of places to try in one adventure.

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Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 11:47am
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Great List!

Chromatic - my top choice as well. The Konga espresso is rocking my world right now
Bellano and B2 are the same owners - They don't roast, but serve Verve Coffee (Santa Cruz) and Sightglass (San Francisco)
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Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 1:51pm
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If you ever end up a little further south in Morgan Hill, Harvest Coffee is good as well.  They are a small roaster.  Last I heard he was roasting with Chromatic at their facility.
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Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 9:57pm
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Make sure you report back with your favorites.

 
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