I recently had a chance to try Temple Coffee at their 9th Street Downtown shop in Sacramento.
I travel to Cali every May to work as a race photographer for the Amgen Tour of California cycling race. I'm one of those crazy guys who sits on the back of a motorcycle zipping around the racers and team cars taking photos.
We pass through a number of cities each day during the week long race covering most of the state, so being the espresso junky that I am, I grab every opportunity to try out a shot at every promising coffee shop I see. Plus It pays to keep my moto driver well caffeinated.
I contacted my friends at Klatch in Rancho Cucamonga (can't say enough good things about these folks) and they gave me a list of shops to try. Since they didn't have a shop in Sac, they recommended Temple.
I tried straight shots of both the SO Guatemalan Los Santos and the Dharma blend. the Los Santos had to be about the best tasting shot of "lighter" roasted espresso I've had. Lightly acid, yet flavorful, fruity & floral, yet no sour "lemon"juice" like I've experienced elsewhere. The Dharma, as the barista warned me, had a bit more bite and while I liked it, I thought it might be better as a short milk drink like a macchiato.
When I got home, I ordered some of each. After resting the beans a few days, since at my altitude in Utah they tend to be gassy for a while, I started pulling shots. I haven't quite matched how good the shot I tried was, but I'm getting closer.