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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

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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
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+ Drive Thru

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