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Posted on 28 April 2013 by mattbaker

4208 28th Ave S  Minneapolis, MN 55406

4208 28th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Name alone, I was sold. This place is 3/4 bike shop, 1/4 coffee shop and all the way awesome. With the smell of fresh inter tubes mixed with coffee, this spot is a must on your coffee journey. Where else can you see a guy working on a fixed-gear bike 10 feet from where they are serving up kick-ass coffee. They rock a great Synesso machine, Intellegencia coffee and serve up some light snacks. The presentation was beautiful with great color, strong texture and the best rosetta I have seen in a long time. The space seats about 30 people and aside from the bike shop that sports everything you would ever need to be a bike messenger, it also has some great art on the wall. The coffee was delicious and very smooth. It does not have as much pop to the flavor as Quixotic does, but still great. Go here!

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+ Bikes
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+ Awesome

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The Barista Parlor

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The Barista Parlor

Posted on 03 March 2013 by mattbaker

519B Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN.

519B Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN.

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The Barista Parlor was a pain in the ass to find, but so worth it. Located in the back of a building, with a walled parking lot around it, makes it a peculiar setting. Outside are three bright blue garage doors decorated with a giant anchor which is a great welcoming. The inside is equally as cool. A huge open space decorated with great art on the walls, rockabilly music and the bar in the middle. The bar is very unique look to it that displays their Slayer Machine and pour over stations nicely. Also on display are their assortment of delicious yummy’s. I had a chocolate/bourbon/sea salt cookie that was like Cinco De Mayo in my mouth. This place certainly has a little kitschy-ness to it with their family style seating, and amazing interior decorations, but I love it! They rotate their coffee’s every week highlighting multiple roasters from all over the country. The day I was there they were using Intelligence and Sight Glass (San Francisco.) It took a little while to get my coffee. That might be the Slayer though. The only other time I was a shop that used the Slayer it also took a long time. It did not matter though, the coffee was superb! Great flavor, strong presentation and a whole lot of amazing swirling around my tastebuds. This is a must go if you are a coffee fan. This has skyrocketed into my top 5 coffee shops in the United States. What a treat to go to such a cool city and enjoy such an amazing shop. Great job Barista Parlor!

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+ Amazing
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+ Kitschy

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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
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Bauhaus

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Bauhaus

Posted on 24 November 2012 by mattbaker

301 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122

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This is by far my favorite place in Seattle. Located on the corner of Pine and Melrose, this place is the perfect glimpse into all things Seattle. A perfect mix of hipsters, students, coffee lovers and weirdo’s. Two levels provides the Bauhaus with a great layout and they pack seats in every nook and cranny of this place. A wall decorated with a giant bookshelf full of old reads and the rest of the place decorated with interesting looking people. The bean they use is very strong and flavorful. Something about it makes me thinks this is the way espresso was made since the caveman days. Not only do they pull a great shot, they also are the only place I have ever seen that sell Ding Dongs. Another great thing about this place is that there is a load of outside seating that you can sit in. Enjoy your espresso and watch the cast of characters that pollute the area.

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+ Coffee
+ Books
+ Ding Dongs

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Dolce Vita

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Dolce Vita

Posted on 04 September 2012 by mattbaker

999 Yates Street
Victoria, BC

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This is my favorite coffee shop in all of Victoria. I have virtually been to them all also. They have a great La Marzoca and use Intellegencia coffee. They are not the friendliest staff and the ambiance is a little stale, but if you want a great cup on Vancouver Island, this is the best bet. They have very good pastries and outside seating, but parking is a bitch.

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Black Drop Coffee

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Black Drop Coffee

Posted on 04 September 2012 by mattbaker

300 West Champion Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

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I fell in love with this place when I found it. Conveniently located, with cool art, interesting people and great ambiance. The sport a good La Marazoca machine and make a great cup of coffee. Considering Bellingham has the largest coffee shop per person ration in the country, there are only a few that are good and this is one of them.

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Northtown Coffee

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Northtown Coffee

Posted on 03 September 2012 by mattbaker

28 North 1st Street
Yakima, WA 98901

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Welcome to the Palm Springs of Washington. Yakima is a interesting town, and was desperate for a solid coffee establishment. Finally Northtown Coffee moved in with some really good coffee. They serve Stumptown coffee and have a very nice La Marzoca which serves some great shots. Sometimes I think their coffee is a little to smooth and does not pack a big enough punch, but this is by far the best place in Yakima. However, it is located in an odd place. I don’t know this to be fact, but I feel like it’s next to a bunch of bail bond places and maybe the county jail. Inside the shop is fine and the ambiance is great, but I would not recommend hanging around outside for to long. I love that you have to go through a shady part of town to get some great coffee. Adds to the adventure more.

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