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Espresso Review……Marin Coffee Roasters, San Anselmo

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Marin Coffee Roasters

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Marin Coffee Roasters is an ideal place for a shot of espresso. There’s sunny, outdoor sidewalk seating and it’s on a major bike path connecting San Francisco to West Marin (click here for a jpeg of a bicycle path map courtesy of the MCBC site).

I broke my month-long coffee fast here which may have skewed my perceptions, but I rank this as one of the best espressos I’ve had in Marin.

I’m a little surprised because my understanding is the owner doesn’t roast on site, but rather receives his beans from the 25lb. San Franciscan roaster at the Fairfax Roastery. Truth be told, I’m not thrilled with Fairfax’s espresso so my suspicion is that superior barista technique accounts for the difference in cup quality. Or maybe, I was just happy to taste coffee after my long layoff.

This shot was not too big, had a decent-to-very good crema, was served in an actual espresso-sized cup, had a rich and chocolatey flavor yet without being burned or scorched — very northern Italian! Here’s the breakdown:

Taste (4/5);

Crema (3.5/5);

Serving sizeĀ  (4/5);

Presentation (4/5);

Eco-friendliness (4/5)

78 points plus reviewer’s correction (+2) = 80 points

NOTE: Since this coffee house is only 10 minutes from downtown Fairfax you’ll probably need to choose just one of these places to stop. Then again, here’s an idea: stop in one town on your way to classic West Marin roads and then stop in the other on your return.

Written by fridaycyclotouriste

February 17th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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  1. I can’t couldn’t imagine doing without coffee for a month, in fact I’m enjoying a cup as I type. I’m glad that you came to your senses.

    I enjoy your espresso reviews. One of my dreams is to someday open a real coffeehouse here in Fort Worth. I’m wondering if I could learn to make a good cup of espresso without having to labor for years as a barista? We’ll see.

  2. myles/ if you can restore old mixtes i’m sure you can make a great espresso! coffee and bike skills seem to go hand in hand.

  3. the coffee is not roasted at fairfax coffee roasters. It’s toasted in the Novato location of Marin coffee roasters.
    Also all the coffee sold here is fair trade and most is organic
    The other place is run by the same folks that make that awful coffee in fairfax

    Susanne

    10 Nov 12 at 12:34 am

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