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Bluebeard Coffee

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

2201 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA

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I love finding random places that seem like they have a lot of culture. I was stoked when I passed by Bluebeard. They had all the outside signs for a cool shop. Interesting signage, big garage door windows and people inside! My cool coffee shop radar did not lead my astray. Bluebeard has a solid La Marzocco machine which they use to whip you up a delicious shot of your preferred coffee drink. They roast on site and their bean is very good with some great flavor to it. They only downfall of this place is that it is a little overpriced which is not that bad, but when you combine that with the heaps of contempt their barista’s hold toward their customers it makes it a little hard to swallow. I love great coffee, but I hate people who don’t seem to give a shit about the people they are making it for. Great coffee, bad attitude.

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+ Coffee
+ Snacks
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Burien

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Burien Press

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

423 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166

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Who says there is not great things in Burien. Well, I have many times. However, Burien is actually up and coming with some great bars and Restaurants and a fantastic show called Burien Press. With a great Synnesso machine and using a Vita blend they will hold strong even with the likes of the Seattle heavyweights. A cool shop right in the heart of B-Town is also a great place to hang out. With hipster magazines on the wall, lot’s of natural work and a friendly work staff this place is the pride of Burien.

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+ Graffiti

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bucers-coffehouse

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Bucers

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

201 South Main Street
Moscow, ID 83843

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This coffee shop is very bittersweet for me. They have really great coffee with a great La Marzoca. They know how to make exactly what your tastebuds are looking for. It also is a real cool layout with hidden nooks in the back and a huge central table that can house 20 people. They have a huge bookshelf with lot’s of books that make it feel like an old English study. However, a lot of the books are religious and a few of my friends in the area told me that the owners of Bucers are very anti-gay, going as far as donating money to anti-gay movements and political parties. No quality of coffee is good enough to outcast humans and hurt anyone. I can’t support a place that does not support equality in people. So, I will be taking my business elsewhere.

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+ Beer
+ Sweets
+ Discrimination

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Caffedbola

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Caffe D’Bolla

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

249 E 400 S # B
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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I was actually getting a tattoo next door and smelled some coffee. I walked over after and found this small little cafe. Almost walked out, then became very excited to see a Syneso machine staring back at me. The coffee they roast themselves and are very passionate about it. Telling me all about the day’s blend of Ethiopian and Costa Rican. The flavor of the coffee backed up their attention to detail with wonderful flavors. They did not have any food and the ambiance is pretty bleak, but their coffee was superb.

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+ Ristretto Shots
+ Bubble Tea

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beat-coffeehouse

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The Beat Coffeehouse

Posted on 29 November 2012 by mattbaker

520 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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The Beat is a cool spot right on Freemont Street in Downtown Vegas. To be honest I have had trouble finding any decent coffee in Vegas, so I was very excited to try this spot. It is a funky spot with vinyl records to play in store and/or purchase. It is actually part of a larger facility that houses a dozen different art studios and the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Their machine was a little weak and the coffee was about the same. The food was mediocre, but it is a fantastic place to hang. I had a hard time getting online, but glad I did because I walked around to a few of the art studios which proved to be awesome! I would say, sit down and hang, but don’t expect to get great coffee here. However, expect to see some great stuff in a very energetic shop.

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+ Records
+ Portal to awesome!

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octane1

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Octane Coffee

Posted on 29 November 2012 by mattbaker

437 Memorial Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

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Octane was a little hard to find, but once I found it I was stoked. The south has been a little slow to catch onto the specialty coffee trend, but it was nice to find a place that is setting the standard. I had read a lot about this place before I showed up and was a little surprised to see that they had a Simonelli machine in the shop. Even with my skepticism, they delivered a fantastic Macchiato with a side of sparkling water that made me have hope for a future of coffee in Georgia. The space is cool with high ceilings that were decorated with pipes, great art on the walls, food and a full bar. I would say this is your best bet in in Atlanta. They make great coffee. I would love to see what they could do with a better machine!

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+ Alcohol
+ Hipsters

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Urbangrind

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Urban Grind

Posted on 29 November 2012 by mattbaker

962 Marietta Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318

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I stumbled upon this place in search for a different coffee shop and was pleasantly surprised with my coffee geo cache. Urban Grind is actually that. A urban place with coffee. A small, hip shop with amazing art on the wall. The jazz playing and the couches in the center of the space make this place feel like it’s straight out of the birth of cool. You can relax and enjoy your free internet, cupcakes, vegan treats and ice cream. Unfortunately, that is your best bet here. I ordered a Macchiato and they gave it to me in a 12 oz cup with a lid. The machine leaves a little something to be desired and could be fit into a microwave. Even though the coffee was a bust, this place is a great place to hang. If you are looking for a place to kick it, this is it!

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eldiabolo

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El Diabolo Coffee Company

Posted on 28 November 2012 by mattbaker

1811 Queen Anne Avenue North #101
Seattle, WA 98109

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One of my favorite spots in all of Seattle. This brightly colored place sports amazing coffee, great ambiance and the perfect spot to have a little fun with your deliciousness. Decorated with beautiful murals had when they were decorating the space. Every table is hand painted with unique characters and funny sayings. With little nooks and cranny’s this is not only a funky spot to hang out and study, but a great place to bring a date. The coffee is also phenomenal. They have the cubano shot where they put raw sugar in with the espresso. Do this!

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Freemontcoff

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Freemont Coffee Company

Posted on 28 November 2012 by mattbaker

459 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

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This is my favorite spot in Freemont. Located in a old crusty looking house, the Coffee Company thrives by providing not only good coffee, but a good place to study. There are about 3-4 tables in each room and art decorating each room like it would your own home. The coffee is great and the food is very good also. I love this place, but would not recommend it for a social meeting place. The intimacy of each room makes it so that you can be heard clearly pretty much anywhere in the house. It seems most of the time people are busy working and no one really goes there to socialize. If you are looking to bury your face in a laptop or book with some great coffee in Freemont, this is your spot!

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ALlcity

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All City Coffee

Posted on 28 November 2012 by mattbaker

1205 South Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108

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I am a little biased toward this place since I used to live above it and still live only a block away. This spot is what the industrial arts district of Georgetown rotates around. This place is one of the only coffee shops in Seattle that actually has a local community feel to it. Lots of light, ads for art studios, dogs and great art on the walls. This is one of my favorite spots in all of the city. It has changed over the 6+ years I have lived in the neighborhood. It used to be littered with gutterpunks pokies online free, georgetown debates and people playing guitars, but has made way for more of a tattooed graphic designer hangout. It has raised it’s prices over the years, but still remains a great place to grab a cup. The coffee is always good with a Vita Bean and a La Marzocco. What the barista’s lack in social skills, they make up with their espresso drinks. The owners know what they are doing and all work hard to constantly upgrade the atmosphere and equipment. A must stop if you find yourself in our little hole in the wall neighborhood.

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