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Ryan Bros Coffee

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1894 Main St   San Diego, CA 92113

1894 Main St
San Diego, CA 92113

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Whatever you do, don’t go here. This is one of the higher rated spots on Yelp and Urbanspoon and it is awful. It is a huge space made of brick which is great because you need a lot of room to hold all the disappointment you are going to have with this place. They roast their own beans, but have a single group Rancilio pull machine. No 8 oz, in fact very confused at the fact that I wanted that. After ordering, I realized that they might not have ever even made espresso before. After drinking I definitely knew they had never made espresso before. To hot, filled up to much and tasted like ass. The have lot’s of tables to work at, offer lunch, smoothies and frappes, but do yourself a favor and go to Starbucks…

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+ Roaster
+ Meeting Place
+ Overhype

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Dean and DeLuca

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Dean and DeLuca

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

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I am not sure how much specialty coffee has caught on in Tokyo, but this place knows what’s up. I was so excited when I walked into the shop and saw a huge, beautiful white La Marzocco machine. With many locations around Tokyo, this place will give you exactly what you are looking for. They pull a mean shot with great flavor and pour you a cup with a rosetta right on top. A great assortment of pastries, snacks and weird Japanese snacks decorate the spaces next to the register. Surprisingly everything is reasonably priced for somewhere in Tokyo. Tokyo is known for being very expensive, but this place is the same price any coffee shop in the states.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Pastries
+ Tokyo

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Uptown1

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Uptown Espresso

Posted on 23 November 2012 by mattbaker

500 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA

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This is a chain around town (West Seattle, Westlake, Queen Anne, Belltown etc.) and is very interesting to me. They claim that they were voted the best Latte in Seattle by Seattle Weekly and even if that statement is true, that is not true anymore. Uptown establishments are normally very large, don’t stay open super late and normally host large groups. The coffee is pretty good, but very inconsistent. I have had really good latte’s here, but also drinks that were almost undrinkable. If this was in any other town it would be the standard, but in Seattle it is just another “pretty good” place. I would recommend it to sit and work, have a meeting, escape noise, but there are way to many amazing shops that will blow your mind. Quality? Yes! Amazing? No!

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+ Coffee

+ Open Space

+ Work Areas

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Woodscoffee

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Woods Coffee

Posted on 22 November 2012 by mattbaker

8077 Guide Meridian Rd
Lynden, WA 98264

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Located across from the fairgrounds in Lynden this place is pretty easy to spot. Resting on top of the building is a giant windmill. The windmill is the coolest part of this experience. Woods is a chain coffee shop and even though is a lot better to hang out in then a Starbucks, the coffee is just as bad.. Their coffee flavor also has a tint of christian in it, which makes me a little weary. They have some decent food, but other then needing a place to relax and drain internet from the only thing to order here is drip..

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+ Windmills
+ Odd Vibe
+ Food

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Thelivingroom

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The Living Room Coffeehouse

Posted on 08 October 2012 by mattbaker

1018 Rosecrans Street,
San Diego, CA

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I think this might be a chain in San Diego, so hopefully this review does not apply to all. The one I stopped at was located in an old house and seemed to be the college student haven. I am not sure why there were so many kids there considering the coffee was so bad. It would have been better if Michael J. Fox made it. They had a decent machine (Simonnelli,) but the barista’s would have been better labeling cans on a factory belt because they really showed no interest in making a good cup of coffee. It being in a house makes it a interesting place, but bad coffee and the smell of ax body spray makes me want to take my business somewhere else.

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Thebeanery

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The Beanery

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

152 West 5th St
Eugene, OR 97401

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I grew up in Eugene and before I had any appreciation for decent coffee, this was the spot. However, since I have come to appreciate quality in my espresso, this place is terrible. The coffee is almost always scorched to hell and you can’t even really taste the coffee. To make matters even worse for themselves, they have switched around names of drinks. A “mocha” is chocolate mixed with drip coffee. And a regular mocha is called a “beanery.” I don’t understand the thought process behind this. Whoever made that decision should have been focusing on making good coffee instead of making “cute” names for their shitty drinks. The sad part about this place, is a lot of people go there. Mostly teenagers and college kids hang out there because it is a cool place to study and get work done. I would highly recommend “not” to go to this place unless all other coffee shops are closed down and there is no more sewer water to drink.

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+ Shows

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