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The Rookery

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

111 Seward St   Juneau, AK 99801

111 Seward St
Juneau, AK 99801

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So excited to find this place start up in-between my 5 year layoff from visiting Juneau. A cool spot centrally located (virtually everything is in Juneau) with a long table down the center that accommodates the alarming amount of cruise ship people needing free internet. The art on the wall is minimal, but the wall paper is very cool with stenciled trees and crows and a huge mural above the bar, making this place great on the eyes. Even better for the eyes, is when I saw the La Marzocco machine and Stumptown coffee signage. However, I was confused when they did not have an 8 oz cup on the menu, and I had to specifically ask for it. The coffee itself had good color, with a small rosetta, but was to hot and the flavor was really disappointing. Very weak cup considering that they have all the right things in place to make a killer drink. At the very least, it was drinkable and accompanied with one of the delicious pastries they sell, it turned out to be a very good experience. They also have light lunch stuff like soup, pie, pastries, sandwiches and beer on tap. Great to see that quality coffee has made it’s way up to the last frontier. Can’t wait till they hammer out the kinks.

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+ Pretty People
+ Good Food

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Chae’s

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Chae’s Coffee

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

1100 State Route 260, Suite C5, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

1100 State Route 260, Suite C5, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

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This is a hard one to review, because one of the barista’s at this spot is a big fan of my comedy show. So, I will tread lightly. The shop itself is a little hard to find and located within a strip mall. Upon walking in, there was limited seating with one table filled with a women selling art and another housing a guy playing guitar and singing loudly like we would be missing out if we did not hear him. The vibe of the shop struck me as a little more vagabond then most and felt it belonged in Eugene Oregon. I was excited to see the La Marzocco machine, but taken back a little when they asked if I wanted flavor in my latte. On top of that, no 8 oz cup. The final product did not have the greatest color and the flavor was a little hard to find. Maybe it was my tastebuds that day, but I sweat I could not actually taste the coffee. I think this would be a cool place to hang if there wasn’t some guitar guy belting away songs he uses to try and melt chicks panties off with.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Strip Mall
+ Panty Melting Music

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Mod

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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
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+ Tea

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credo

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Credo Coffee

Posted on 03 March 2013 by mattbaker

706 W Smith St   Orlando, FL 32804

706 W Smith St
Orlando, FL 32804

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Shit. Orlando is a spread out place. Took me forever to get to this place and I barely made it before it closed. Credo kind of feels like a cool apartment. With an open layout, really cool art and a separate room that makes it feel like it could be a beachfront bungalow in Mexico. Littered with hipsters, this shop has some tasty treats and cool tunes. Based off the look of the shop, I was surprised to see that the machine they used was poor. A single group crap maker. The coffee was very generic, but that is not what matters about this place. What matters is that they are all about making the world better. First off, this shop is pay what you can. That’s right, you can pay whatever the hell you want. I am sure people get weirded out by this, so they do have a suggested donation, but they will not turn away someone who does not have any money. It is a non-profit coffee shop that donates a lot of their proceeds to four different charities around the Orlando area. They use fair trade beans and even make trips to the plantation where they get them. Overall, I like to support places like this over other shops because they are doing the good work. They might not have the good coffee, but it’s a little blip in the large scheme of things.

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+ Fair Trade
+ Pay what you can
+ Cool Space

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coffeeamnart

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Coffee and Art

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

427 C St   San Diego, CA 92101

427 C St
San Diego, CA 92101

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This is a small place in downtown San Diego. Has about 3 seats and some interesting art on the walls. This place rocks a very small La Marzocco, but ruin it by making their smallest drink a pokie casino online 12 oz. What’s the point of having a great machine if you are not going to utilize what it offers? Coffee was ok, but you are not missing anything here. Move on!

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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
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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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+ Coffee
+ Snacks
+ Graffiti

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octane1

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Octane Coffee

Posted on 29 November 2012 by mattbaker

437 Memorial Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

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Octane was a little hard to find, but once I found it I was stoked. The south has been a little slow to catch onto the specialty coffee trend, but it was nice to find a place that is setting the standard. I had read a lot about this place before I showed up and was a little surprised to see that they had a Simonelli machine in the shop. Even with my skepticism, they delivered a fantastic Macchiato with a side of sparkling water that made me have hope for a future of coffee in Georgia. The space is cool with high ceilings that were decorated with pipes, great art on the walls, food and a full bar. I would say this is your best bet in in Atlanta. They make great coffee. I would love to see what they could do with a better machine!

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+ Coffee
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+ Hipsters

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eldiabolo

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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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Freemontcoff

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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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