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Chae’s Coffee

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

1100 State Route 260, Suite C5, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

1100 State Route 260, Suite C5, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

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This is a hard one to review, because one of the barista’s at this spot is a big fan of my comedy show. So, I will tread lightly. The shop itself is a little hard to find and located within a strip mall. Upon walking in, there was limited seating with one table filled with a women selling art and another housing a guy playing guitar and singing loudly like we would be missing out if we did not hear him. The vibe of the shop struck me as a little more vagabond then most and felt it belonged in Eugene Oregon. I was excited to see the La Marzocco machine, but taken back a little when they asked if I wanted flavor in my latte. On top of that, no 8 oz cup. The final product did not have the greatest color and the flavor was a little hard to find. Maybe it was my tastebuds that day, but I sweat I could not actually taste the coffee. I think this would be a cool place to hang if there wasn’t some guitar guy belting away songs he uses to try and melt chicks panties off with.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Strip Mall
+ Panty Melting Music

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Java Love

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

2155 Arizona 89A #118  Sedona, AZ 86336

2155 Arizona 89A #118 Sedona, AZ 86336

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This hard to find shop is located buried on the corner of a strip mall/shopping complex. However it is a very interesting place with hippies, yuppies and normal folk socializing like they would at a local watering hole. The layout is a little odd with a jigsaw puzzle of tables put in various positions around the roaster that’s in the middle of the room. Makes me wonder if they actually even use the roaster, due to the close proximity of some of the seats. Have a decent assortment of food and snacks and I had a delicious quiche and salad. The coffee was a little bit of a let down. Especially with their cool Red La Marzocco machine. The presentation was a little rough, with a 1/2 a rosetta that was hard to see through the mountain of foam around it. The flavor was ok, but with that machine and roasting your own beans (supposedly,) they could do a lot better. The best part about this place is the covered outside seating with decent views of the red rock that make Sedona a world renowned attraction.

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+ Decent View
+ Cool People
+ Good Food

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Pink Java Cafe

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

206 N State Rt 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

206 N State Rt 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

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Located in old town Sedona, this interesting little spot has some of the best views you will ever get at a coffee shop. With outside balcony seating looking over the majestic red rock monoliths the view is worth the trip a lone. They also have a beautiful Pink La Marzocco machine, but the greatness stops there. Their smallest size is a 16 0z and when asked to fill it up half way, they filled it up the full 16 oz’s. On top of that, the drink was way to hot and the flavor was also not that great. They don’t have wi-fi, but to be honest if you are on your computer instead of looking at the view, you are ridiculous. Don’t go here for the coffee. Go here for the view!

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+ Great View
+ Great Machine
+ More Great View

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Village Coffee

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

8120 N Hayden Rd  Scottsdale, AZ 85258

8120 N Hayden Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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I don’t know why I ended up hear to be honest. It is located in Scottsdale and in a big shopping complex that caters to the upscale yuppies that live in the area. The do roast on location and have a Probat roaster displayed when you walk in. Some cool art on top of the 30 seats or so to sit and enjoy. Has a Christian owned feel to it. They did not have a 8oz sized cup, but also didn’t throw a fuss about my drink like most places that don’t have that size of drink. A Simonelli machine was used to make my mediocre drink. Not that great, and I would say, only stop here out of complete necessity. Not good coffee at all. They do have some snacks to give you some fuel to get to a better coffee shop if needed.

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+ Scottsdale
+ Strip Mall
+ Not Good

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Shine

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

10 West Vernon Avenue Phoenix 85003

10 West Vernon Avenue
Phoenix 85003

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Shine is a walk-up coffee stand that closes at 2:00 pm. The location is a little puzzling, off of the main street a little and across from a huge apartment complex, I don’t know who they are really serving. Being a walk up, there is not a lot of seating (about 10.) They must serve the apartments and business’s that are around the area to survive. They do have a La Marzocco machine and serve up a decent cup with good color and some good, but light flavor. They are way overpriced, $4.10 for my 8oz double shot latte, making New Zealand prices seam reasonable. Cool spot, but better off paying less and getting better quality somewhere else.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Walk Up
+ Cute

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Urban Bean

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

3508 N 7th St #100  Phoenix, AZ 85014

3508 N 7th St #100 Phoenix, AZ 85014

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This is a wine and coffee bar, which sometimes brings in a different sort of clientele then most coffee shops, but they balance it well. Real cool space with interesting decor, funky tables, good art hanging on the wall and a few art seats. Plenty of seating and even offer a really cool outside seating area that is covered with nice tapestries allowing you to be in the heat, but not set on fire by it. They have some really good food and I did not have the wine, but I am sure that is quality also. They use a Simonelli machine, which made me a little skeptical. Even though the drink was a little hot, that they forgot I ordered a 8 0z drink and they put a lid on the drink, which did not allow me to see the nice rosetta and color the drink had, the coffee was very nice. Good flavor, that if they could only figure out how to get all the elements working in sync with each other they could be one of the ones at the top of the Coffee Shop greats in Phoenix

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+ Wine
+ Outside Seating
+ Great Pastries

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Citizens Espresso

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

4700 N Central Ave  Phoenix, AZ 85012

4700 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012

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Located on Central Avenue, which is divided by the commuter train and across the street from a massive church Citizens Espresso is a cool spot. Lot’s of light welcome you into the smallish shop and whoever designed this place did a great job. A beautiful lighting fixture in the center of the space and interesting art on the wall add to the great layout of the space. They use a pull shot Simonelli and use Lola/Lux coffee. On both occasions I visited screwed my order up. They gave me a 12 oz drink instead of the 8 oz drink I ordered. After correcting it, the drink was very good. Very light flavor, almost subtle, but very good. Great presentation and coupled with their delicious baked goods that they make on location this place is a nice place to spend the morning working. Love it!

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+ Great Location
+ Baked Goods
+ Cool Space

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Lola

Lola

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

1001 N 3rd Ave   Phoenix, AZ 85003

1001 N 3rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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A nice little space with a roaster on location that you can watch through what looks like two way glass. About 35 seats (all were in use) at solid looking wooden tables, ok art, but the best part about this place is the bar. Huge bar with an Astoria Machine (I think.) The coffee had ok presentation, was a little hot and just ok. There are to many great coffee shops in the area to waste your time on this place, even if they do roast on location. Nice to grab a pastry or give yourself a decent place to work, but coffee pales in comparison to the other spots in the area.

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+ Food
+ Roaster
+ Good Location

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Giant

Giant Coffee

Posted on 29 April 2013 by mattbaker

1437 N 1st St   Phoenix, AZ 85004

1437 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Only found this place because three other places were closed on easter (thanks Yelp for telling me they were open.) Giant, is near a real cool arts district and is really awesome. It has huge bay doors that let in a plethora of light and has some really cool decor. Great wood interior and funky booths that serve as some sort of elevated desk. Also, one huge table in the middle that allows you to rub elbows with other aspiring hipster writers and graphic designers as HGH long as you can focus through The National blasting through the speakers of the shop. They have direct trade coffee, use stratus organic milk, snacks and a small La Marzocco machine. They don’t do 8oz latte’s, only 6oz cappuccino’s, that turned out to be a latte. Even though they might not know the difference between a latte and a capp, their coffee had great color, good presentation and solid flavor. They use 4 Barrel Coffee and offer you a great overall experience.

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+ Portland-Ish
+ Cool Art
+ Food

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