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Posted on 03 March 2013 by mattbaker

1402 McGavock Pike  Nashville, TN 37216

1402 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37216

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My buddy brought me here on a little coffee tour to see what I thought. He was up in the air with his own opinion and wanted to see if I shared his curiosity over this shop. It is very small with three seats to it. I was a little weary because their ice cream selection looked like it took precedence over the coffee. What also made me skeptical was that they used a Simonelli machine. However, the coffee they made me was better then I expected. The local Nashville Drews Brews Coffee they use has a light flavor, decent presentation and was certainly enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong it not going to blow your mouth, but it certainly won’t make you depressed. The ambiance is a little lame, so you might want to get your coffee and go.

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+ Gilato
+ Coffee
+ Next to a vegetarian restaurant

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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
+ Epic
+ Kitschy

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Crema

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Crema

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

15 Hermitage Ave  Nashville, TN 37204

15 Hermitage Ave Nashville, TN 37204

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Crema is an interesting little shop located not far from Jack White’s recording studio. When I walked in it had a funky smell of old cheese and feet. It has a feel of a old garage with exposed pipes and big windows with a cool view looking out over the stadium. They do roast on location and offer siphon, pour over and food. They rock a small La Marzocco and serve up a smooth and tasty drink. I really liked hanging out there and working with a stream of attractive people coming in and out. If you can’t get over the Barista Parlor, this is probably your best bet.

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+ Roaster
+ Pour Over
+ People Watching

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