A Peninsula people-watching Mecca, typically filled with large crowds throughout the day and skirmishes over available outdoor tables. It’s been that way here since I first entered this place 15 years ago. They have large indoor and outdoor seating areas, local art, occasional musicians, and obligatory patrons in bike shorts.

One of the most indelible memories I have of this place is from a dozen years ago. A friend of a friend, who was visiting fresh from her compulsory military duty in Israel, asked us about it as we drove by. My other friend, himself a native of India, answered her, “It’s our local Eurotrash hangout.” To which she replied, “Oh, I love Eurotrash.” It may not be as Eurotrashy anymore, but the cyclist motif is still in full swing here.

The throngs outside Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park on a fair weather day Long lines to the order counter; bring your bike shorts

They use Mazzer grinders and twin two-group La Marzocco Lineas at the heart of this operation. The coffee drink sizes here tend to be enormous, however, so bring a snorkel and fins.

They serve espresso with a very pale, blonde crema of mediocre thickness. Good Lavazza aroma. But with a pour to the rim of their Lavazza-logo IPA cups, it’s dominated by a weak body and a watery drip coffee flavor with some woody notes. Fortunately for most lactose-loving patrons, the milk frothing is much better — as everyone seems to particularly bathe in milk-based drinks here. The weak espresso can be hidden rather easily underneath it all.

Read the updated review of Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park.

Working the dual two-group La Marzocco Lineas at Cafe Borrone The Cafe Borrone espresso - filled high and watery