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Daily’s Bakery

Posted on 31 July 2013 by mattbaker

122 2nd St Asotin, WA 99402

122 2nd St
Asotin, WA 99402

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This is the only place in the stoplight-less town of Asotin. A cool little bakery downtown that serves all sorts of baked goods and food. I had a great salad and sandwich that came with a very good cookie also. It was a little hard to concentrate because there was a gang of kids playing in the play area they have set aside for toddlers and cool uncles. As for their coffee, they make it on a Simonelli and don’t have 8 oz. They use River Town Coffee Roaster coffee and they don’t make it very well. The color was ugly, flavor was ok, but overall not so great. Get lunch here, but go into Lewiston to get the real deal.

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+ Baked Goods
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+ Ummmmm

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Rustic Coffee

Posted on 03 March 2013 by mattbaker

1319 11th St   Bellingham, WA 98225

1319 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225

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Located in the used to be hippy spot and the more upscale, yuppy area of Bellingham called Fairhaven. Rustic Coffee and wine is a nice little shop in the heart of the business district. They have wine, snacks and tons of christian-looking people hanging out. They use a Simonelli, and presented my coffee with a funky rosetta, but it was way to hot and had to wait 8 minutes to drink. I know there are a few other shops in the area (which I have not tried,) but I would suggest trying those before you burn your mouth on this place.

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+ Wine
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+ Fairhaven

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Satelite

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Satellite Coffee

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

817 Division Ave   Tacoma, WA 98403

817 Division Ave
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Being so close to Seattle I am always surprised to not see the same sort of coffee culture that exists only 32 miles north. Tacoma is slow to come up, but there are a few shops that can make you feel like you are in the Emerald City. Sattelite is one of them. This particular one, is very small and looks like an old outpost in Maine. It sports about 7 seats and upon walking in I got the feeling I was the only guy in the room that was not buddies with everyone. A sleeveless 20 year old barista tried selling me a $50 bag of coffee before I even ordered and was shocked when I declined his offer. A good La Marzocca and using the ever so popular Stumptown bean this place will not disappoint if all you are looking for is good coffee. If you are looking for a great place to hang out, this is not it. I would recommend to get your coffee and go, before you end up wasting $50 on some overpriced gold infused Stumptown roast.

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+ Few Locations
+ Young Crowd
+ Stumptown

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Island Commuter Coffee

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

6441 Humphrey Rd
Clinton, WA

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This is a drive thru shack right by the ferry that takes you to Mukilteo and it rocks. Normally drive thru stands provide you with drinkable diarrhea, but this place makes a great cup. They rock a great Synesso machine and a Zoka bean which is heaven to your tastebuds. If you are stuck in line at the ferry, be sure to park and walk up to this stand because it is the best cup you are going to have for awhile.

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+ Zoka
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+ Whidbey Island

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Victrola

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

3215 Beacon Avenue South Seattle

3215 Beacon Avenue South
Seattle

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Victrola is probably my favorite roast in all of town. They have a few locations around Seattle and their roast brings the house down. They don’t get mentioned a lot by the locals, but everyone I bring there, rave about it. I think the reason they don’t get as much hype as Vita and Stumptown is that they don’t put themselves out there as much. A lot of Vita and Stumptown’s success is they spend a significant amount on advertising and kitschy promotional tactics that keep them on the coffee culture radar. Victrola quietly sits back, and pumps out some of the best coffee in all the city. They keep it simple. All of their shops are pretty basic, except they they bring the delicious on virtually everything. Great tea, sweet treats and snacks are also on par with their kick ass espresso. A fine La Marzzocco machine and knowledgable barista’s churn out smooth, delightful drinks that make your tastebuds explode. It’s all about the roast at Victrola and if you like to really taste a great roasters bean, this is the place to do it.

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+ Roaster
+ Best roast in Seattle
+ Multiple Locations

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Dubsea

Posted on 21 December 2012 by mattbaker

9910 8th Avenue Southwest  Seattle, WA 98106

9910 8th Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA 98106

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Dubsea is a calm lagoon in a sea of uncertainty. White Center has long been considered a shady and dangerous part of Seattle, and lacked a lot of the social outlets that other parts of Seattle offer. Slowly people are getting hip that all the gentrified neighborhoods are lame and the rugged areas are the spots that actually have a little personality. Dubsea is a coffee shop that embodies not only the grit of White Center, but the coffee quality that Seattle has come to expect. With a pristine Synesso and a Stumptown bean, Dubsea brings it. A cool open layout with interesting bar stools, play area for the kids and lot’s of light make it a decent spot to sit and enjoy you coffee. They coffee is top notch and worth stopping in if you find yourself on the southend of Seattle. The only downfall for this place is that it closes at 4:30 so be sure to plan ahead.

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+ Stumptown
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+ White Center

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Bluebeard

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Bluebeard Coffee

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

2201 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA

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I love finding random places that seem like they have a lot of culture. I was stoked when I passed by Bluebeard. They had all the outside signs for a cool shop. Interesting signage, big garage door windows and people inside! My cool coffee shop radar did not lead my astray. Bluebeard has a solid La Marzocco machine which they use to whip you up a delicious shot of your preferred coffee drink. They roast on site and their bean is very good with some great flavor to it. They only downfall of this place is that it is a little overpriced which is not that bad, but when you combine that with the heaps of contempt their barista’s hold toward their customers it makes it a little hard to swallow. I love great coffee, but I hate people who don’t seem to give a shit about the people they are making it for. Great coffee, bad attitude.

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+ Coffee
+ Snacks
+ Hang

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Burien

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Burien Press

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

423 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166

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Who says there is not great things in Burien. Well, I have many times. However, Burien is actually up and coming with some great bars and Restaurants and a fantastic show called Burien Press. With a great Synnesso machine and using a Vita blend they will hold strong even with the likes of the Seattle heavyweights. A cool shop right in the heart of B-Town is also a great place to hang out. With hipster magazines on the wall, lot’s of natural work and a friendly work staff this place is the pride of Burien.

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+ Graffiti

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El Diabolo Coffee Company

Posted on 28 November 2012 by mattbaker

1811 Queen Anne Avenue North #101
Seattle, WA 98109

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One of my favorite spots in all of Seattle. This brightly colored place sports amazing coffee, great ambiance and the perfect spot to have a little fun with your deliciousness. Decorated with beautiful murals had when they were decorating the space. Every table is hand painted with unique characters and funny sayings. With little nooks and cranny’s this is not only a funky spot to hang out and study, but a great place to bring a date. The coffee is also phenomenal. They have the cubano shot where they put raw sugar in with the espresso. Do this!

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+ Cool Shit

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Freemont Coffee Company

Posted on 28 November 2012 by mattbaker

459 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

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This is my favorite spot in Freemont. Located in a old crusty looking house, the Coffee Company thrives by providing not only good coffee, but a good place to study. There are about 3-4 tables in each room and art decorating each room like it would your own home. The coffee is great and the food is very good also. I love this place, but would not recommend it for a social meeting place. The intimacy of each room makes it so that you can be heard clearly pretty much anywhere in the house. It seems most of the time people are busy working and no one really goes there to socialize. If you are looking to bury your face in a laptop or book with some great coffee in Freemont, this is your spot!

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