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Dean and DeLuca

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Dean and DeLuca

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

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I am not sure how much specialty coffee has caught on in Tokyo, but this place knows what’s up. I was so excited when I walked into the shop and saw a huge, beautiful white La Marzocco machine. With many locations around Tokyo, this place will give you exactly what you are looking for. They pull a mean shot with great flavor and pour you a cup with a rosetta right on top. A great assortment of pastries, snacks and weird Japanese snacks decorate the spaces next to the register. Surprisingly everything is reasonably priced for somewhere in Tokyo. Tokyo is known for being very expensive, but this place is the same price any coffee shop in the states.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Pastries
+ Tokyo

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intell

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Intelligentsia Coffee

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Intelligentsia is a fun and amazing espresso shop. There are a few around LA, but my favorite is in Venice. When I am in LA I always make an effort to stop in on the Venice spot. It’s a little over the hipster top for me, but I get it. They want to make you feel like they are a European hipster espresso scientist that know more about espresso then anyone in the entire world. The shop has a very unique layout. The bar is a circle in the middle of the room with what seems to be 10 people working behind. There are multiple machines around the bar, you are pointed to one of the espresso stations for a one on one interaction with one of the baristas. They present it to you like a piece of art and take your. The shop moves like a finely tuned machine. Regardless of the awkwardness the system might create, the coffee does not let you down. A amazing blend with bold flavors and a cup that goes down so smooth, you almost are sad when it is gone. I had a very hard time with the internet, but I am glad because the people watching is so much better then who likes my facebook status. This is a must-do stop on your coffee adventure in LA-LA Land.

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+ Roaster
+ Hipsters
+ Venice

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Caffedbola

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Island Commuter Coffee

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

6441 Humphrey Rd
Clinton, WA

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This is a drive thru shack right by the ferry that takes you to Mukilteo and it rocks. Normally drive thru stands provide you with drinkable diarrhea, but this place makes a great cup. They rock a great Synesso machine and a Zoka bean which is heaven to your tastebuds. If you are stuck in line at the ferry, be sure to park and walk up to this stand because it is the best cup you are going to have for awhile.

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+ Zoka
+ Synesso
+ Whidbey Island

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f82ff60233a26fab_Victrola

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Victrola

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

3215 Beacon Avenue South Seattle

3215 Beacon Avenue South
Seattle

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Victrola is probably my favorite roast in all of town. They have a few locations around Seattle and their roast brings the house down. They don’t get mentioned a lot by the locals, but everyone I bring there, rave about it. I think the reason they don’t get as much hype as Vita and Stumptown is that they don’t put themselves out there as much. A lot of Vita and Stumptown’s success is they spend a significant amount on advertising and kitschy promotional tactics that keep them on the coffee culture radar. Victrola quietly sits back, and pumps out some of the best coffee in all the city. They keep it simple. All of their shops are pretty basic, except they they bring the delicious on virtually everything. Great tea, sweet treats and snacks are also on par with their kick ass espresso. A fine La Marzzocco machine and knowledgable barista’s churn out smooth, delightful drinks that make your tastebuds explode. It’s all about the roast at Victrola and if you like to really taste a great roasters bean, this is the place to do it.

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+ Roaster
+ Best roast in Seattle
+ Multiple Locations

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Dish

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Dish

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

740 Queen StreetSault Ste. Marie, ON P6A

740 Queen Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A

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I thought Dish was gonna be great. It had all the makings for an unbelievable shop. Great location, lot’s of light, great layout, funky lazy boys to sit in, but the coffee was a big let down. They use Ideal Coffee from Toronto and make their espresso on an Elektra machine. The coffee was ok, but not worth the $4.75 I payed for my 8 oz latte. I actually thought I was paying for my buddy’s and my coffee together, but turns out I was just covering mine. They do have some good food and a decent flow of people coming in. I would say this place is best for lunch and maybe search out another spot for espresso.

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+ Cool Furniture
+ Glass Windows
+ Convenient

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Frida

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Frida

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

Frida

128 March Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5N2

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This is a lunch cafe, espresso bar and art gallery right in the heart of downtown Salt Ste Marie. The food was very good, the art was very sub-par and the coffee was ok. They use an Evolution machine, which I have never heard of, but they told me three times it was Italian. I am not sure whey that makes a difference, but with the amount of Online Pokies emphasis they put on the fact that it was “Italian” I guess I was expecting the espresso to be majestical. It was not. The best I found in town, but a little above mediocre. Cool place to hang and the owner is very sweet. Just beware that this place is very quant and will win your heart over if you hang for more then an hour.

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+ Art
+ Food
+ Nice people

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