Food for Thought: Sipping Java at Recently Opened Crema

Food for Thought: Sipping Java at Recently Opened Crema

By Dorothy Maras-Ildez

     Following the outstanding Edible Monterey sponsored Pessagno Wine Pop Up

dinner at La Crème a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give their off-shoot,

Crema, Pacific Grove a try for coffee one morning last week. Arriving at around

11 a.m, I jetted up to a great parking spot right at the front entrance at 481

Lighthouse Ave. (375-1300). They are currently open daily from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and

have plans to expand the hours to include tapas and a wine bar in the near future.

     The place looks fabulous, warm and inviting. No corporate feel here, but don’t

mistake that to mean that it isn’t clean, well-run and friendly. I was greeted before

I physically got through the door with a “Hi! Welcome to Crema” from an

employee who was obviously on a break but didn’t shirk the duty of greeting a

guest. Bravo!

     Some nice looking baked goods were calling my name but I resisted and ordered a

Café Americano. Served hot, prepared beautifully and full of flavor, this was the

best cup of coffee I’ve had since I learned what a real cup of coffee tasted like

while in Italy. Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting fur- nishes their organic beans and you

can tell the difference. The coffee was smooth, had a great chocolatey mouth feel,

back-notes of cherries and a perfect crema. Go fig- ure…the place is named Crema,

after all .

     Just FYI, Chef Jon Moser of La Crème upstairs is now preparing his soon to be

famous sticky buns to be served at Crema. Don’t miss a chance to feel welcomed,

appreciated and support this fledgling business.