Thanks to a regular reader for recently tipping me off to this place.

This unusual café is unique for serving single estate coffees from Venezuela. They obtain their beans from their Arabica Coffee Company in Caracas (not to be confused with the American outfit) and run cafés here and in Beverly Hills. They have a restaurant-sized café space — with large patio seating in front, seating in the back before a fireplace and under a glass skylight, and inside seating along the main service area decorated with black & white photos of Venezuelan coffee estates.

Sidewalk in front of Coupa Café - Palo Alto Inside Coupa Café: espresso and chocolate

They sell Venezuelan chocolates, lunch items, and plenty of coffee. They even offer a ristretto on the menu (reviewed here). Using a three-group UNIC Zi, they pull a shot with a mild aroma and a medium brown crema of lighter thickness with some striping. There’s a sharp pungency to the flavor that you would expect from a single estate espresso, but it’s not terribly potent for a ristretto. They are fairly good milk frothing as well — it tends to be dry, yet a strong coffee flavor comes through in their cappuccino (you can taste the coffee instead of just milk).

Read the review of Coupa Café (Palo Alto).

The Coupa Café ristretto The Coupa Café cappuccino