2829 S St.
Sacramento CA 95816
I grew up in Sacramento, California and when I started planning my trip to fly out to California I was excited not only because I was seeing my family there but because it was a great opportunity to see how the coffee culture had evolved over the past 5 years. I am pleased to report that after only a few days back I have found a coffee shop and roaster here in Sacramento worth telling you about.
The place I found was Temple Coffee. Interestingly enough this business started as I was leaving back in 2005. Since then they have been voted the best coffee shop in Sacramento every year and is recommended by Sacbee writer Blair Anthony Robertson and has been given a 5 out of 5 for coffee by Sacramento coffee reviewer Tracy Chatters.
As I walked in, at 3 pm in the afternoon, I encountered a cafe that was filled to the brim with people chatting on comfy leather couches and working away on laptops. There was a line of 5 people who seemed perfectly content to wait however long it took with one artisan behind the bar. After about a 5 minute wait it was my turn. I ordered a solo single origin Brazilian espresso from the three espresso choices I was offered.
I sat down at the one table that was still available and set up my Macbook. After a few moments my espresso was delivered to my table on plate with a small spoon. As I took my first sniff the aroma of rich nuttiness was very prominent, I was thoroughly excited for the slurp. The taste was explosive, rich and smooth. The nuttiness was prominent with such a butter richness and a very pleasing underlying acidity and tart fruit. In a nutshell if was reminiscent of a green apple wedge smothered in peanut butter.
The cafe buzzed with conversation, the soothing sound of a active espresso machine, chairs scooting and people laughing. The decor was a mix of wood and brick walls with a concrete style flooring with flowed together seamlessly. The smell of roasting was prominent as you could watch the roasting of coffee in an area slightly seperate from the cafe. I was comfortable to say the least.
As I worked on the computer the wifi was snappy and fast, even with 10 plus additional computers accessing the same free network.
I would and already have come back to this coffee shop again. As I type these words I am in the very cafe that I am reviewing, Temple Coffee in Sacramento.
My Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Environment – 5 Stars
Customer Service – 4 Stars
Products – 4 Stars
Skill – 5 Stars
Wifi – 5 Stars