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Revel

Revel Coffee Roasters

Posted on 31 July 2013 by mattbaker

1306 Central Ave   Billings, Mt 59102

1306 Central Ave
Billings, Mt 59102

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Everything is great about this place except that is a drive thru. No real signage for it, makes it a little hard to find, but well worth the journey. The owner is your barista and knows more about coffee then Rain Man knows about counting cards. A La Marzocco machine and using his own beans that he roasts himself he served up a beautiful cup decorated with a amazing rosetta. The color was pristine and the flavor was good. It was almost a little to smooth for my taste, but that’s me being a pretentious asshole. This place is awesome and it is nice to talk directly with the owner. Go here!

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+ Delicious
+ Roasters
+ Dope Business

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Daily’s

Daily’s Bakery

Posted on 31 July 2013 by mattbaker

122 2nd St Asotin, WA 99402

122 2nd St
Asotin, WA 99402

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This is the only place in the stoplight-less town of Asotin. A cool little bakery downtown that serves all sorts of baked goods and food. I had a great salad and sandwich that came with a very good cookie also. It was a little hard to concentrate because there was a gang of kids playing in the play area they have set aside for toddlers and cool uncles. As for their coffee, they make it on a Simonelli and don’t have 8 oz. They use River Town Coffee Roaster coffee and they don’t make it very well. The color was ugly, flavor was ok, but overall not so great. Get lunch here, but go into Lewiston to get the real deal.

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+ Baked Goods
+ Small Town
+ Ummmmm

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bluelantern

Blue Lantern Coffee

Posted on 31 July 2013 by mattbaker

326 Main St   Lewiston, ID 83501

326 Main St
Lewiston, ID 83501

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Very cool place in the heart of Lewiston. A nice space with lot’s of light, funky furniture, sound system for bands and some fascinating art on the wall. They have all sorts of pies and snacks for you to enjoy and some beer and wine options. Interesting to see that they use a Pavoni Machine and stay local with their beans (Landgrove Coffee from Troy Idaho.) Glad they did, because the coffee (aside from being a little hot) was very good. Good color and great flavor. Very happy and impressed with this shop and you will be too.

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+ Shows
+ Great Space
+ Baked Delicious

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Pier_Logo

Pier 347

Posted on 31 July 2013 by mattbaker

347 S Pierre St   Pierre, SD 57501

347 S Pierre St
Pierre, SD 57501

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Located in Old Town Pierre (everything looks like old town,) This coffee shop/bakery/bar is funky. A shotgun layout and a collage of different personalities as the patrons Pier 347 has something for everyone. Bagels and sandwiches if you are hungry, coffee for the people on the move and alcohol for the people trying to drown their daddy issues. Coffee wise, they serve Dark Canyon Coffee on a Rancilio machine and don’t have anything smaller then a 12 oz cup. After many discussion on what 8 oz of liquid looks like in a cup, she served me my drink and said, “It’s more like 8 1/2 oz’s.” In truth, it was more like 11 oz’s. Made way to hot, but since they made it in 24 seconds, it’s hard to expect quality. Calling it drinkable is polite and tasted more like a 75 year old dirty diaper. Good think they have tequila to wash this taste out of my mouth.

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+ Bar
+ Bagels
+ Bad

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beanscene

Stomping Ground

Posted on 31 July 2013 by mattbaker

303 Welch Ave Ste 105 Ames, IA 50014

303 Welch Ave
Ste 105
Ames, IA 50014

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This place was a little hard to find, with no signage and located in what looks like an office building. This is less of a coffee shop and more of an actual restaurant that serves good coffee. A huge space that on a Sunday was packed with people. I was the only person in the coffee line and it took them a really long time to make my drink (15 minutes.) They serve Coffee Culture Coffee on a small La Marzzocco. A few pour over stations round out the bar. They don’t put double shots in everything, but the taste was decent. Not as good as the Vinyl Caffe, but better then most places in Ames. Your best bet is to go here for food and enjoy a nice drink after, especially if you don’t mind waiting a few minutes.

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+ Food
+ Hard to Find
+ Packed

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Vinyl Caffe

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

303 Kellogg Ave   Ames, IA 50010

303 Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA 50010

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This is the spot. Located right off the main street, and in a basement this place is the best. A funky little spot with a few seats, good art and pipes running across the ceiling. What more could you want in a record store and coffee shop? A La Marzocco machine that makes an awesome cup. Great color, flavor and presentation made this such an enjoyable place to visit. Enjoy quality coffee while you peruse through shelves of great vinyl records. I would take this place over most in the country. Best place in Ames, hands down.

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+ Records
+ Basement
+ Awesome

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Cafediem

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Cafe Diem

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

229 Main St   Ames, Iowa 50010

229 Main St
Ames, Iowa 50010

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A giant space in Downtown Ames that seems to be where all the college students journey to get their fix and hit the books. Cool art and seating made me hopeful that they might actually know what they were doing. I remained hopeful even though the first drink I heard called out was, “Salted Caramel Latte.” My hopes started dwindling when I found out they had no 8 oz drink and they cashier say, “people here like sweet drinks.” They had a huge Astoria machine (that I had not seen before) and pumped out a decent drink. A little tart, but good. Definitely not the best in town, but a great place to hang. They also offer breakfast, lunch and very hot baristas.

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+ Huge Space
+ College Kids
+ Hot Baristas

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Dancing goat

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Dancing Goat

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

1463 Broad St   Story City, IA 50248

1463 Broad St
Story City, IA 50248

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I got excited when I saw the sign, because Dancing Goat is a blend of coffee by Batdorf and Bronson outside of Seattle. For some reason, I had hopes that this shop would be some sort of branch of Batdorf, but I was very wrong. Located inside what was obviously and old bank, this place is a little rough. With seats for about 20 people and serving everything from breakfast sandwiches to smoothies and from panini’s to decorative soaps, this place needs all the help it can get. The worst sign is taped to their Astoria Machine was a list of the 100 flavored syrups they offer. The bean they use I had never heard of either (coffee king.) Taking all this in, I knew it was going to be a recipe for disaster. I was not wrong. The coffee was made in 30 seconds and had zero flavor (maybe should of got syrup.) The drink was presented poorly and the taste was bland and boring. My recommendation is don’t bank at this one.

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+ In A Bank
+ Food
+ Drive Thru

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Lawler

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Lawlers

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

21 S Main Street Baker, Montana

21 S Main Street
Baker, Montana

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What I want to really know is “why the hell are you in Baker?” Aside from oil fields, there is no real reason to be here. However, if you do find yourself traveling through, there is a coffee shop. It is located in the back of the Flower shop and you have to pass an assortment of weird gifts and cards to get to it (that’s how they get ya.) There are a few tables to sit, but no internet. They have an Astra Machine and aside from coffee you can get tea, chocolate and Fuze fizzy drinks. The coffee was better then I expected, but still not very good. There is a drive thru on the outskirts of town, but this might be your best bet.

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+ Flowers
+ Gifts
+ Fizzy Drinks

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the-rookery-cafe

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The Rookery

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

111 Seward St   Juneau, AK 99801

111 Seward St
Juneau, AK 99801

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So excited to find this place start up in-between my 5 year layoff from visiting Juneau. A cool spot centrally located (virtually everything is in Juneau) with a long table down the center that accommodates the alarming amount of cruise ship people needing free internet. The art on the wall is minimal, but the wall paper is very cool with stenciled trees and crows and a huge mural above the bar, making this place great on the eyes. Even better for the eyes, is when I saw the La Marzocco machine and Stumptown coffee signage. However, I was confused when they did not have an 8 oz cup on the menu, and I had to specifically ask for it. The coffee itself had good color, with a small rosetta, but was to hot and the flavor was really disappointing. Very weak cup considering that they have all the right things in place to make a killer drink. At the very least, it was drinkable and accompanied with one of the delicious pastries they sell, it turned out to be a very good experience. They also have light lunch stuff like soup, pie, pastries, sandwiches and beer on tap. Great to see that quality coffee has made it’s way up to the last frontier. Can’t wait till they hammer out the kinks.

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+ Location
+ Pretty People
+ Good Food

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