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The Mod

Posted on 03 March 2013 by mattbaker

2126 Avenue E   Galveston, TX 77550

2126 Avenue E
Galveston, TX 77550

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When I heard about The Mod I became excited. I imagined a place with vespa’s parked outside, The Smiths playing inside and the local artist meeting place. Definitely not the case. The Mod is nice and certainly the best bet in the very confusing town of Galveston. A interesting clientele. Locals mixed with cruise ship passengers makes this a distant and friendly place. A cool brick interior decorated with interesting art on the walls. Sweet snacks, tea, wine are all served at the Mod. I forgot to jot down their machine, because I was to busy writing down their scary names for their coffee concoctions, A grasshopper, Almond Joy and Honeybee to name a few. I have to admit that this was the first time I had ever seen a Hello Kitty tattoo on a man, as he slammed my drink on the counter. The coffee was well over the 8 oz I requested and hotter then Mila Kunis eating ice cream. If this wasn’t the only game in town, I would not go here, but it is your only bet. It is a cool place, just not the best coffee.

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+ Internet
+ Art
+ Tea

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Rutamaya

Ruta Maya

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

3600 Presidential Blvd.
Austin, TX 78719

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Normally at airports the only espresso you can get is at Starbucks. I was so excited to walk past Ruta Maya in one of the terminals. I don’t have off hand where it is located, but I think it is between gates 6 and 7. Aside from a Mexican art gift shop stocked full of colorful day of the dead souvenirs, Ruta Maya rocks a great cup. A La Marzocco machine and a great bean gives you some great flavor to put in your mouth before you get on your flight or to welcome you to Austin. The have some decent tea also if you want to save your palette for downtown Austin. This is some of the best coffee I have ever had at an airport. Keep up the great work!

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+ Mexican Art
+ Airport

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JPs

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JP’S

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

2803 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78705

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This was Yelp’s and Urbanspoon’s highest rated shop in Austin and it was the lowest rated of all the places I visited in most of Texas. Smack in the middle of frat row JPS sits. It is littered with terrible art and studying college kids who look like the stumbled out from a giant orgy and plopped down to study. The burnt orange colors they were all wearing did not help my opinion of the situation either. JPS does have a La Marzocco, but did not seem to know how to maximize it. The coffee was too hot, burnt and not very good. They did not have 8 o drinks and charged me $4.00 for a 12 oz latte they were to fill only 8 oz. They filled it to the top of the 12 oz size with a beautiful rosetta, but the damage had been done. Not sure how you can not make the drink we just talked about at length 60 seconds before. Maybe they were to busy focusing on one of the multiple TV’s they have playing everything from MTV to college football games. did not even have a cup for. They have do have beer and if I were you I would not try the coffee, I would try and figure out where the next orgy is happening.

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+ People in sweats
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caffemedici

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Cafe Medici

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

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It took me 15 minutes driving around downtown Austin just to find a parking spot to go to this place, but it was well worth it. It is a great layout, with high ceilings and a piano in the corner. It looks like a shop straight of Seattle. It was a little confusing on where to order with no signage and employees in two different locations in the shop. Apparently you order at another location then where the machines are. The spot that holds the espresso machines is an island located in the middle of the shop. They rock two stylish red La Marzocco’s. Apparently they don’t do 8 oz latte’s, but only 8 oz cappuccino’s, which was a little annoying, but whatever you call the drink they made me, it was delicious. It was smooth, light and packed with lot’s of tasty flavor. The best place I found in Austin and a must stop if you enjoy the finer things of Austin.

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+ Snacks
+ Austin

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olmosperk

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Olmos Perk

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

5223 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212

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For some odd reason I had high hopes for Olmos Perk. I don’t know why considering it was the highest rated spot on Urbanspoon. I should know better. I was hoping to walk into a hidden gem in San Antonio. It has a sheik feel to it, decorated with leather couches, individual cubicles to work at and great art on the wall. However, the Faema machine they use is complete garbage. They seemed to struggle with the concept that I only wanted a 8 oz drink and made me a 12 oz instead. I don’t know if there was to much milk or if the roast is just weak, but I could not taste the coffee at all. They do have snacks, wine, beer and cool facilities, but there is no reason the coffee should be this bad.

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