Flying Goat Coffee

★★★★☆
  • 10 4th St

    Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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  • 707-575-1202

About Flying Goat Coffee

Hours
Sun-Thurs: 7 am to 6 pm, Fri, Sat: 7 am to 9 pm (Summertime extended hours

Food

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All brewed coffee prepared by French Press. Are you kidding me? How amazing! This is pure dedication to great coffee. Today I had Panama Elida Estate that was sweet and full-bodied. This should be the new standard by which ALL coffee bars should be judged.

My wife is a fan of their 5 oz cappuccinos. Perfect every time.

We buy their Espresso No. 9 (whole bean, of course) for espresso at home. Better than Intelligenstia or Stumptown, in my humble opinion.

If you're a coffee fan, don't miss this.

My "cons" entry is the sad reality that there are many people in Sonoma county who feel the same way I do about this place. Thay can only serve so many people at a time. Please open another store!!!

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★★★★★

All brewed coffee prepared by French Press. Are you kidding me? How amazing! This is pure dedication to great coffee. Today I had Panama Elida Estate that was sweet and full-bodied. This should be the new standard by which ALL coffee bars should be judged.

My wife is a fan of their 5 oz cappuccinos. Perfect every time.

We buy their Espresso No. 9 (whole bean, of course) for espresso at home. Better than Intelligenstia or Stumptown, in my humble opinion.

If you're a coffee fan, don't miss this.

My "cons" entry is the sad reality that there are many people in Sonoma county who feel the same way I do about this place. Thay can only serve so many people at a time. Please open another store!!!

Pros: Best Coffee in California

Cons: The wait

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They do not have a verbal policy at time of transaction nor a written policy about espresso bean grinding.
Buy espresso at your own risk at this store.
They ground my beans improperly so that they would not work in my espresso machine. Then they would not offer a refund.
They did not state their policy at the time of transaction, nor when I returned the ground beans, nor is there a posted written policy statement.
The employees were rude and ignorant of their policies.
The CEO was inflexible.
It seems that they do not care about customers

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★☆☆☆☆

They do not have a verbal policy at time of transaction nor a written policy about espresso bean grinding.
Buy espresso at your own risk at this store.
They ground my beans improperly so that they would not work in my espresso machine. Then they would not offer a refund.
They did not state their policy at the time of transaction, nor when I returned the ground beans, nor is there a posted written policy statement.
The employees were rude and ignorant of their policies.
The CEO was inflexible.
It seems that they do not care about customers

Pros: Looks nice inside

Cons: No written honest policy on coffee grinding

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I spent 6 years working as a barista, and I'm very picky when it comes to espresso. Most espresso is too burnt, bitter, over-extracted and nasty (Starbucks & Aroma's for example).

Flying Goat's espresso is almost always creamy, delicate, complex and delicious. They've recently (6/09) started serving "Single Origin" shots that feature beans from one locale, as opposed to a blend of beans. While this can be risky (blends help even out a coffee's flavor and acidity), the result can also be sublime. The Ethiopian Sidamo-Koratie is the best coffee I've ever had. Even my wife, who was never a fan of espresso will ask for a sip when I get a Koratie cappuccino.

The service is unfailingly friendly, attentive, and skilled. They often send staff to the world barista championships, and place!

My only complaint is that the ratio of espresso to milk can vary some from day to day (depending on how busy they are, and who's running the machine), but even at their 'worst' they are better than any other coffee shop I've found in Santa Rosa.

The pastries are good, but not great.

I've been a loyal customer for years, and can't imagine that will ever change.

2
★★★★★

I spent 6 years working as a barista, and I'm very picky when it comes to espresso. Most espresso is too burnt, bitter, over-extracted and nasty (Starbucks & Aroma's for example).

Flying Goat's espresso is almost always creamy, delicate, complex and delicious. They've recently (6/09) started serving "Single Origin" shots that feature beans from one locale, as opposed to a blend of beans. While this can be risky (blends help even out a coffee's flavor and acidity), the result can also be sublime. The Ethiopian Sidamo-Koratie is the best coffee I've ever had. Even my wife, who was never a fan of espresso will ask for a sip when I get a Koratie cappuccino.

The service is unfailingly friendly, attentive, and skilled. They often send staff to the world barista championships, and place!

My only complaint is that the ratio of espresso to milk can vary some from day to day (depending on how busy they are, and who's running the machine), but even at their 'worst' they are better than any other coffee shop I've found in Santa Rosa.

The pastries are good, but not great.

I've been a loyal customer for years, and can't imagine that will ever change.

Pros: Best espresso in town

Cons: occasionally inconsistent milk/espresso ratios, ok pastries.

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I had heard many good things about Flying Goat coffee and when they opened a 2nd shop closer to me, I gave them a shot.The coffee is indeed very good, cappuccino is excellent, and the baked goods are reasonably yummy. The only downside I have found is the waiting line to place an order often extends out the door. Most of the time, though, it's worth the wait.

4
★★★★☆

I had heard many good things about Flying Goat coffee and when they opened a 2nd shop closer to me, I gave them a shot.The coffee is indeed very good, cappuccino is excellent, and the baked goods are reasonably yummy. The only downside I have found is the waiting line to place an order often extends out the door. Most of the time, though, it's worth the wait.

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