An epic weekend journey led us from Oakland to Santa Cruz and, well, when in Santa Cruz, one does not bypass Verve if one is at all interested in fine coffee prepared well.
FWIW: Costa Rica Los Angeles Reserve Espresso, plain and as a macchiato. Not so sure it held up to the milk that well, but as a shot it was absolutely gorgeous: as bright as the day. Citrusy. Chocolate. Tasty.