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116 Cafe

Posted on 24 April 2013 by mattbaker

116 S Union Ave   Fergus Falls, MN 56537

116 S Union Ave
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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Oh man, I was so stoked to wander into this place and see a single group Synnesso machine and a pour over station. Although this is not really a coffee shop. This place is all about the food. It’s a diner/cafe that serves up some tasty goodness from their full kitchen. The coffee had some great color and some good flavor. It was a little bitter, but I am not going to nitpick, because you are in bloody Fergus Falls Minnesota. However, the second time I came in my 8 oz double shot latte cost me $4.20 and they did ask me if I wanted flavor. I like to forget my second exchange and focus on the first, which was great. Definitely the best bet in FF. Get some great food also!

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Cottonwood Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

509 Main Ave  Brookings, SD 57006

509 Main Ave Brookings, SD 57006

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Located right on the main strip in this college town, Cottonwood Coffee is a cool little spot. Tons of space to accommodate the numerous amount of students utilizing the free wi-fi, this spot also has cool art on the walls and a great vibe about it. Well decorated, smartly laid out and giant wooden pews make this probably your best bet in town for a cool hang. They serve great food. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich grilled with banana and granola on the inside. Unfortunately the only downfall of this great spot is their coffee. On their site, they said they work hard to provide quality coffee to the town, but it is pretty mediocre. Their smallest size is 12 oz and they don’t have any ceramic mugs to drink out of. A Simonelli machine does not help the cause. Sadly this is your best bet in town for good coffee. On the bright-side, this shop is great and I nice break from all the crappy shops I have been to in South Dakota. At least they care enough to create a shop with a great ambiance.

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+ College Kids
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+ Decent Food

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Emporio Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

90 Abel Smith St  Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

90 Abel Smith St Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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My favorite place in Wellington hands down. One of a handful of shops in New Zealand that actually focus on espresso! A small shop off the beaten path, with limited seating and a very industrial design. Big ass glass windows looking over the road and into their roasting area where you can watch the magic happen. It’s cement interior gives you a real feel that they are not their to produce crap, but some science students who rented whatever space they could to make the best espresso. It has limited seating, but that don’t matter because you are going to be jumping up and down this place is so good! A sexy black La Marzocco on display with a small assortment of high end baked goods next to it. The coffee was superb. Great flavor, with very bold notes, great color and when touching my lips I could feel my feet tingle a little. This is the #1 spot to go of all the places I tried in Wellington. They also offer a chemex option.. This is your spot..

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Flight Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

171 - 177 Willis Street WELLINGTON 6142 New Zealand

171 – 177 Willis Street
WELLINGTON 6142 New Zealand

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Their coffee is used all over Wellington and I was extremely excited to visit their shop/roasting location in Wellington. A really cool shop with custom wood interior a tasting room and a few spots to sit and enjoy. Smack in the middle is there large Probat roaster showing off like some grand champion horse. They use a direct trade bean and the owner is very knowledgable and friendly explaining the process of how they get their beans. I was a little surprised to see that they use a Slayer Machine, but the owner swore by it, so I was onboard. Upon my order I watched them throw 6 shots away before they served me a drink that was to hot. I really Pokies appreciate the fact that they would not serve me something they did not think was high quality, but on the flip-side, why did it take 6 different pulls to get something good? I would expect something better from the 2011 3rd place finisher in the world barista championships. The presentation was beautiful, but it was to hot and the coffee was to smooth. It was honestly like drinking air. I like my coffee to have some bite, and this did not. They coffee is to well done for their own good. Great place to visit on your coffee spot. Especially if you want to really experience some of the upper crust of coffee companies.

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+ Weird way of making Americano’s

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Memphis Belle

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

38 Dixon St  Te Aro, 6011, New Zealand

38 Dixon St Te Aro, 6011, New Zealand

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A lot of places in New Zealand lack character and Memphis Belle is the exact opposite. It is full of character that is fun and a little quirky. It is funky little shop only a block away from Cuba Street. It reminds me of a shop in Little Italy in San Francisco. Shanty-like and a little punky this little spot has limited inside seating and really funky old antique pics on the wall. They rock a Faema Machine, Flight Coffee and offer pour over, syphon and chemex options. The coffee was bitter, yet very flavorful and strong. I really enjoyed this place. Grab a snack and a cup and sit out outside that faces the square and people watch.

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+ Great location
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+ Outside Seating

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Cafe Virtuoso

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1616 National Ave   San Diego, CA 92113

1616 National Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

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This place is a little off the beaten path and when you drive there kind of feels like you might be going into the hood. Although it is well worth the seediness you might drive through. It’s like walking into a giant roasting room with the roaster 10 feet away from where you order. They have a great yellow Diedrich roaster and an even cooler La Marzocco machine. Got a little annoyed that they corrected my 8 oz drink, “that is actually called a cappuccino.” Actually, you are annoying. Regardless of their Southern Californian pretentiousness, the coffee was amazing. They use organic whole milk, an organic bean that has great flavor. The presentation was beautiful also. A heart design with strong color that invites your lips to it. The ambiance is not much to be had, but you can buy a variety of different beans and roasts at a hefty cost. Well worth a stop and one of the better places in Southern Cal.

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Intelligentsia Coffee

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Intelligentsia is a fun and amazing espresso shop. There are a few around LA, but my favorite is in Venice. When I am in LA I always make an effort to stop in on the Venice spot. It’s a little over the hipster top for me, but I get it. They want to make you feel like they are a European hipster espresso scientist that know more about espresso then anyone in the entire world. The shop has a very unique layout. The bar is a circle in the middle of the room with what seems to be 10 people working behind. There are multiple machines around the bar, you are pointed to one of the espresso stations for a one on one interaction with one of the baristas. They present it to you like a piece of art and take your. The shop moves like a finely tuned machine. Regardless of the awkwardness the system might create, the coffee does not let you down. A amazing blend with bold flavors and a cup that goes down so smooth, you almost are sad when it is gone. I had a very hard time with the internet, but I am glad because the people watching is so much better then who likes my facebook status. This is a must-do stop on your coffee adventure in LA-LA Land.

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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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+ Best roast in Seattle
+ Multiple Locations

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Crux Coffee

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

1022 W Main St
Boise, ID 83702

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Crux flat out rocks it. I love this place. It has everything I want in a coffee shop. Great art, lots of space, a stage for shows, lot’s of light, beer, a pool table and above all else amazing coffee. They use a Stumptown bean on a La Marzocco. It seemed to be pretty empty. Maybe Boise has not caught on to the quality they have right in front of them. I just hope this place can survive. It is great. They have a special drink where you drop two shots of espresso into a porter beer. I did not have it, but apparently it is the tasty of the taste. A hipster flip. Well worth the stop when you are driving through Boise.

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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
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