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Coffee Culture

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

1195 NW Kings Blvd Corvallis, OR

1195 NW Kings Blvd
Corvallis, OR

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I was so excited about this place when I read about it. They roast their own beans, have a nice La Marzocco with chemex and french press options. The shop was a giant let down. Full of college kids working on their computers leaving no place to sit. The presentation was horrible. It seemed like the barista did not even take time to make my drink, just throwing some shit in a cup and calling it a day. The flavor was missing and it was very bland. So lame! What a waste of good resources. Go somewhere else.

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+ La Marzocco
+ College Kids
+ Disappointing

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The Coffee House

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

156 SW Bay Blvd   Newport, OR 97365

156 SW Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365

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This place is located in Old Town Newport and is right across the street from where you can hear the Sea Lions causing all sorts of commotion. They use McLaughlin Coffee and a Le Grand Danieli machine. They don’t have wi-fi, but serve some great food. It’s more of a cafe then a coffee shop. It took probably 15 minutes for me to get my coffee, I think because it is really busy, and there are only two dudes working there. The space is very nice with an all wood interior and a fishing shack feel to it. The coffee was very poor and very bitter. I would go with drip or pour over, or just get food and try a different spot.

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+ Old Town
+ Food
+ Breakfast

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Brails

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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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+ Pour Over
+ Interesting Space
+ Eugene’s Best

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Extracto

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Extracto

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

1465 Northeast Prescott Street
Portland, OR

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Another drive by whim. Extracto is a interesting spot located in a sort of strip mall string of shops with drum stores and a smell store. They have a really interesting space with a garage door that opens into a small room highlighted with a huge painting of a monkey riding a dragon. They have a great Synnesso machine and a pour over station with 5 or 6 funnels awaiting your order. They have yummy treats and great coffee. All the customers hanging out were men, but I don’t think it is mandatory to do work there. A cool spot of the beaten path.

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+ Coffee
+ Cold Water
+ Pour Over

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Sterling

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Sterling Coffee Roasters

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

417 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97210

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This place rocks on multiple levels. A small spot in Northwest portland and when I say “small,” I mean “SMALL.” Having maybe 5 tables and can seat probably 12 this plays has people coming and going all day. A great decor, with coffee plants decorating each table, it makes sense why this place is blowing up. The owners are your barista’s and they welcome you with their hipster vintage suits and smiles. Their roast is delicious and their espresso is made on a single group Synnesso machine (which I had not seen.) The price was a little high for my drink, but worth it because they made the shit out of my coffee. The Nicaragua blend was fantastic with a lot of flavor and very smooth. They roast well, barista well and decorate great. This is a “Must Stop” in Portland.

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+ Coffee
+ Decor
+ The bomb shit!

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Columbiariver

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Columbia River Coffee Roasters

Posted on 16 October 2012 by mattbaker

279 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103

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I am so glad that Astoria is finally getting around to stepping up their game on coffee. With the Astoria Coffeehouse already serving up the goods, the Columbia River Coffee Roaster also delivers the delicious. It has a real generic feel to the atmosphere. Not a lot of art and not a lot of interesting things about the layout which makes it feel a little stale. There is a real variety to the sort of people who visit the space. Kids, families and outdoor folks all frequent here to get there jolt. One cool thing is that the roasting happens only 20 feet from the machine. The coffee blend is good and the shots are great. A nice place to stop as you pass on through.

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+ Coffee
+ Roasting
+ Family Atmosphere

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Astoria

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Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro

Posted on 16 October 2012 by mattbaker

243 11th Street
Astoria, OR 97103

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This is a hidden gem in the heart of the beat up downtown of Astoria. This bistro/coffee shop has delicious food and they care just as much as their coffee as they do about their food. Sporting a strong La Marzocco and a Stumptown bean they make a mean cup of coffee. I would not say this is the greatest place to hang out in Astoria. It is more of a sit and have brunch type of place, but a can’t miss on the coffee!

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+ Coffee
+ Great Food
+ Hot Barista’s

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Taborspace

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Tabor Space

Posted on 04 October 2012 by mattbaker

5441 Southeast Belmont Street Portland, OR 97215

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Tabor Space is a funky spot located on the hip Belmont street of Portland. What made me want to stop here is that it is in a church. I have seen this before and usually it is a ploy by the church to get people to come in and then hopefully indoctrinate. With Tabor Space that is not the case (or they hide it very well.) The first room is taken up mostly of stitch and bitchers and the counter sporting a small La Marzocco. However the second room is spectacular. With tables scattered about right in the heart of where the old church use to hold their sermons. Dozens of stained glass windows gives the room a yellow glow and the huge room with 30 ft ceilings gives Tabor Space a unique feel. They roast their own coffee and call it Ristretto Roasters and it is pretty good. Even though they took a little while to make our drinks, they pulled a pretty good shot. My favorite is since they are a church, they don’t charge you money! They ring you up and tell you what the “Suggested Donation” is. Sneaky… At any rate, this is a great spot a long your coffee tour mostly for the unique space.

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+ Coffee
+ God
+ Knitting

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coava

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Coava

Posted on 04 October 2012 by mattbaker

1300 Southeast Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97214

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What a great place to pop up on Grand St. A huge space, I am unclear if they are ran by the bamboo furniture place they share the space with, or if it they just let them use their amazing tables, but either way this place rocks. At first glance it looks just like every other Portland coffee shop, but after looking around this place is way cooler. An open layout with lots of light, roasting on site, minimal design and great coffee this place is a must stop. Behind the counter they flaunt numerous trophy’s for their roasting and baristas skills. They rock an ambiguous machine and only have 5 things on the menu to order from, but that’s all you need from this spot. They deliver a delicious shot. One of my new favorite spots in Portland.

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+ Coffee
+ Trophies
+ Bamboo Tables

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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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+ Coffee
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+ Hippys

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