At its best, Yountville is the New World epicenter for quality food and wine. At its worst, Yountville lays its claim to food & wine prominence through a fabricated culture of European fakery (more on that in a future post). One of the exceptions in town to this latter rule is this this odd curiosity of a coffeehouse.

Opening in 2009, this unusual spot is part of the Napa Valley Railway Inn — sitting on abandoned railroad tracks, surrounded by fixed train cars, and converted into a coffee kiosk that also offers pastries from the nearby Bouchon Bakery Sweetie Pies of Napa. Here there is only outdoor counter seating along a wooden counter with stools overlooking a wheelchair ramp and Washington St.

The Yountville Coffee Caboose is, well, just that The Yountville Coffee Caboose gives Ritual Coffee Roasters another Napa Valley home

At the end of the Yountville Coffee Caboose, with patrons at the condiment barThe shop promotes their use of Ritual Coffee Roasters‘ beans and pulls natural double shots. After giving your order at the order window, the next window down features their three-group La Marzocco Linea and a number of press pots.

The resulting shot — made from Ritual’s Evil Twin blend — has an even, medium-to-light brown crema with a modest thickness and not much texture. The body isn’t very thick either, but it has a good complex flavor of herbs, mild pepper, and some cedar. Served in unique brightly colored Nuova Point cups.

It is a good cup. However, given everything else of quality going into it, it should honestly be better.

Read the review of the Yountville Coffee Caboose in Yountville, CA.

La Marzocco Linea in the pick up window at the Yountville Coffee Caboose The Yountville Coffee Caboose espresso