We knew we were in for a treat when we saw their La Marzocco espresso machine, the top of the line of coffee machines. We were even more impressed when the porta filter was first cleaned out, and the head was also cleaned out, as it should be before every shot, but too often isn't at the more average coffee shops.
Only then was the almost-sacred process of making espresso commenced. The end result was a piping hot, full-bodied, delicious double espresso for $2, with excellent crema. We visited every morning at 7am and the place pretty full even then.
We also tried their croissants, which were good but need to be eaten warm. They have a good range of breads and two bakes daily: early morning and early afternoon.
However we found, just as a local advised, that the Bouchon Bakery in nearby Yountville was at a different, much higher, level as to patisseries, although not necessarily the breads. Also, their espresso machine was not of the same quality. At weekends there is a constant line at both places.
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