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Brails Espresso

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1695 Willamette St   Eugene, OR 97401

1695 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97401

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Hail Brails. As a kid growing up in Eugene, Brails was always the place you get your hangover breakfast in. Probably the last place in Eugene to ban smoking inside, Brails was notorious for greasy, inexpensive food that would not kill you. Surprisingly enough, they saw that Eugene was lacking a strong coffee leader and opened their own espresso shop. When hearing this, I expected a disgusting, smoke stained shop with day old coffee and donuts courtney thorne smith pokies on the side. Boy was I ever wrong. Straight out of Barista Magazine Brails spared no expense to bring you one of the best coffee spots in the NW. With a wood encased La Marzocca and using the Noble Coffee Roasters out of Ashland their coffee kills it. Great flavor, good color and a cool shotgun layout to enjoy it in. Brails is your best bet for Eugenes Bean.

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+ Eugene’s Best

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Wandering Goat

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

268 Madison Street
Eugene, OR 97402

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This place is very interesting. It is located in the Whiteaker district, which is the more loose neighborhood in Eugene. They roast a great bean and they certainly know what they are doing. When they want to, they make a really great drink. However, the vibe there sometimes can be this righteous hippy vegan thing. It’s the only place I have to specifically ask for “cow milk” because they assume everyone wants soy, goat, or breast milk in their drinks. Since I grew up here, I find it hilarious, but some people might not understand why the hippy’s are judging them for using animal products. Just be prepared for a little bit of anarchy and dreadlocked bearded dudes pulling your shots. Note: The hair in the coffee does not cost extra.

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Cafeperugino

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Cafe Perugino

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

767 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401

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When Perugino opened, it was the best coffee in town and the quality was great. However, over the years the quality has deteriorated and you never know what you are going to get when you are there. The machine is nice, and I have had amazing drinks there, but the inconsistency is a little hard to take. On top of that, it feels very yuppy and breeds a lot of people who look like they just came from there condo in Aspen. With Turkish rugs for sale on the wall for more then I make in a year, I could see how this might alienate some people. However, If you are looking to have a nice coffee chat with a friend this is the place to meet them. Decent food, but a little overpriced.

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+ Overpriced Rugs

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perk

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Perk

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

1351 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401

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Perk is relatively new and very small. However, they employ one of the best barista’s in the Northwest. They use a very tasty bean, and the barista’s are on their game. It is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the hunt. It’s small, but very intimate which in my opinion adds to it’s awesomness. This is your best bet in Eugene and if you are there when Okon is working, be prepared for one of the best cups of coffee you will ever have.

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+ Typewriters

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Fullcity

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Full City Coffee

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

842 Pearl Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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I always look at Full City as the workingman’s coffee. With a few around town my favorite is on Pearl St. This one is located in the heart of downtown Eugene right next to all the city buildings, this place caters to people on the go. That does not mean the quality is compromised. They pull a decent shot. Not the best in Eugene, but certainly not going to dissapoint. They are also connected to a real good bakery that has some tastry treats to snack on. If you are looking for a place to hang out, talk with friends or get work done, this is not the place. The space is small and they specialize in volume. Get your coffee and walk over to the fountain across the street.

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Thebeanery

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The Beanery

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

152 West 5th St
Eugene, OR 97401

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I grew up in Eugene and before I had any appreciation for decent coffee, this was the spot. However, since I have come to appreciate quality in my espresso, this place is terrible. The coffee is almost always scorched to hell and you can’t even really taste the coffee. To make matters even worse for themselves, they have switched around names of drinks. A “mocha” is chocolate mixed with drip coffee. And a regular mocha is called a “beanery.” I don’t understand the thought process behind this. Whoever made that decision should have been focusing on making good coffee instead of making “cute” names for their shitty drinks. The sad part about this place, is a lot of people go there. Mostly teenagers and college kids hang out there because it is a cool place to study and get work done. I would highly recommend “not” to go to this place unless all other coffee shops are closed down and there is no more sewer water to drink.

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