I have now tried Crema, the new cafe which has taken over from Cafe Cacao in the old ScharffenBerger building on Heinz in West Berkeley, twice.
Both times I ordered a cup of Ethiopian coffee ($2.25). All their coffee is brewed to order, one cup at a time. I am not a coffee expert but I thought it was very good. It takes several minutes (5 or more) from ordering to get coffee.
Each time I tried one pastry. Last time I had a small square "french" apple tart. It was really simple and nicely done. Short crust, nicely sliced apples, no other flavors to get in the way. If I recall the bottom crust was a tiny bit soggy. I would order it again.
Today I had a lemon cupcake. It was indeed very lemony, and I liked the candied (meyer?) lemon zest on the top. It was nice that it wasn't super-sweet. But, the cake was just okay, kind of dry. The frosting was not to my taste at all - it was clearly made with powdered sugar, and the frosting was a bit sweeter than it should have been and very grainy. I definitely would have preferred a meringue-based buttercream much more. I think the cupcake suffered a bit from being so cold (it was about 40 degrees out at the time, and the cafe was pretty cool). I would not order it again at this price point ($3).
They serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, along iwith counter services of coffee and pastries, and are closed on weekends.
I was the only customer at 8:30 this morning (no one was eating a seated breakfast, and no one was ordering or eating coffee or pastries). I hope business picks up!
Cafe Cacao - CLOSED
914 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710