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Proof Bakery

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

3156 Glendale Blvd   Los Angeles, CA 90039

3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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This is a cool little spot located in Echo Park. It has delicious baked good out the yin yang to choose from and a little seating area to enjoy them. Not much for atmosphere, but maintains a healthy flow of beautiful people coming and going. A Strada Machine that highlights the quality Four Barrel Coffee they use. The coffee was smooth with good color, but just lacked a little bite. It was almost too smooth for my taste. I like to have the flavor explode in my mouth, and this was just lacked that little extra spark. Solid coffee anywhere else, but not going to knock your sunglasses off.

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+ Baked Goods
+ People Watching
+ Echo Park

 

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Coffee and Art

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

427 C St   San Diego, CA 92101

427 C St
San Diego, CA 92101

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This is a small place in downtown San Diego. Has about 3 seats and some interesting art on the walls. This place rocks a very small La Marzocco, but ruin it by making their smallest drink a pokie casino online 12 oz. What’s the point of having a great machine if you are not going to utilize what it offers? Coffee was ok, but you are not missing anything here. Move on!

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+ Art
+ Downtown
+ Small

 

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Elixir Espresso Bar

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

427 C St   San Diego, CA 92101

427 C St
San Diego, CA 92101

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Walking in I thought the was the holy grail in downtown San Diego. In the basement of an Apartment Building, with a beautiful red La Marzocco it presented so much promise. However, the coffee was to hot and by the time I could drink it, it was weak and very milky. The ambiance is a little lame also. Just bar stools to sit at and no real places to sit and really enjoy a cup of coffee. They do have some light snacks and specialty crepes if you want to indulge. Don’t get me wrong, it is not terrible, just no real reason to waste your time when their are so many better spots in SD.

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+ Cool Machine
+ Crepes
+ Downtown

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Cafe Virtuoso

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1616 National Ave   San Diego, CA 92113

1616 National Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

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This place is a little off the beaten path and when you drive there kind of feels like you might be going into the hood. Although it is well worth the seediness you might drive through. It’s like walking into a giant roasting room with the roaster 10 feet away from where you order. They have a great yellow Diedrich roaster and an even cooler La Marzocco machine. Got a little annoyed that they corrected my 8 oz drink, “that is actually called a cappuccino.” Actually, you are annoying. Regardless of their Southern Californian pretentiousness, the coffee was amazing. They use organic whole milk, an organic bean that has great flavor. The presentation was beautiful also. A heart design with strong color that invites your lips to it. The ambiance is not much to be had, but you can buy a variety of different beans and roasts at a hefty cost. Well worth a stop and one of the better places in Southern Cal.

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+ Roaster
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+ Great Machine

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Lions Coffee

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

101 Market St   San Diego, CA 92101

101 Market St
San Diego, CA 92101

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I have no idea why I thought this place might serve a good cup. I was intrigued by the amount of people that were there and thought I would try it. They use an Epoca Machine (never heard of) and their smallest size was a 12 0z. They serve snacks, waffles and food that makes it a decent place to work and eat. They serve beans from Kona, but somehow they took the great flavor of Kona Beans and meshed them with the flavor of diapers. Gross, disgusting and don’t go to this place.

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+ Waffles
+ Open on Christmas
+ Food

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Cafe Italia

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1704 India St   San Diego, CA 92101

1704 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

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Located in the heart of Little Italy the place is funny. It feels like an old NY deli with a magazine rack and limited seating. They had a La Marzocca, but it was as dirty looking as Pete Townsend in a Chucky Cheese. The coffee was ok, but the cleanliness of the place makes me not want to go back.

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+ Little Italy
+ Food
+ Doubles in everything

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Village 631

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

631 9th Ave   San Diego, CA 92101

631 9th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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A huge space divided up into what looks like a bar by night and a coffee shop by day. A real cool vibe. Dog friendly and laying down some great velvet underground music while offering up some snacks and lunch. Wi-Fi… A small La Marzocco pulls their organic espresso shots. Not offering double shots in everything makes your drink a little pricy, but if you can afford it the coffee is good. It’s not amazing though. It is very mild, smooth with light flavors and a beautiful rosetta on top. Good spot to hang, write, get lunch, people watch and get a good cup, but not going to blow your mind.

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+ Cool Space
+ Dog Friendly
+ Alcohol

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Cafe Calabria

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

3933 30th St   San Diego, CA 92104

3933 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

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I am not sure what this place is. It’s an Italian Wood Fire Pizza joint that also is a highly successful coffee shop. Located in a seemingly ritzy area Cafe Calabria gives you a glimpse of Italy with their Italian souvenir decor. Green, White and Red flags drape the walls of this massive space as they serve everything like pizza, sandwhiches and wine. The ambiance is super lame making Buffalo Bills basement seem like a cooler place to hang. The barista attitude was not any better. Super snotty and stand-off-ish. I can tolerate a snobby barista if the coffee is good, but my latte was so hot, I could not drink for 10 minutes (loosing all the flavor.) However, my friend got a Vianeese which was delicious. Beautiful Rosetta, very flavorful and I was shocked that the same barista made both drinks. Overall, you can skip this place. Unless you want to watch a Italian Soccer game and burn your mouth while you do it.

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+ Wood Fire Pizza
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+ Annoying

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Ryan Bros Coffee

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1894 Main St   San Diego, CA 92113

1894 Main St
San Diego, CA 92113

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Whatever you do, don’t go here. This is one of the higher rated spots on Yelp and Urbanspoon and it is awful. It is a huge space made of brick which is great because you need a lot of room to hold all the disappointment you are going to have with this place. They roast their own beans, but have a single group Rancilio pull machine. No 8 oz, in fact very confused at the fact that I wanted that. After ordering, I realized that they might not have ever even made espresso before. After drinking I definitely knew they had never made espresso before. To hot, filled up to much and tasted like ass. The have lot’s of tables to work at, offer lunch, smoothies and frappes, but do yourself a favor and go to Starbucks…

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+ Overhype

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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
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+ Venice

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