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emporio

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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-hangar

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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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+ Roaster
+ Slayer Machine
+ Weird way of making Americano’s

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Memphisbelle

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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
+ Coffee
+ Outside Seating

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Crema

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Crema

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

15 Hermitage Ave  Nashville, TN 37204

15 Hermitage Ave Nashville, TN 37204

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Crema is an interesting little shop located not far from Jack White’s recording studio. When I walked in it had a funky smell of old cheese and feet. It has a feel of a old garage with exposed pipes and big windows with a cool view looking out over the stadium. They do roast on location and offer siphon, pour over and food. They rock a small La Marzocco and serve up a smooth and tasty drink. I really liked hanging out there and working with a stream of attractive people coming in and out. If you can’t get over the Barista Parlor, this is probably your best bet.

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+ People Watching

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virtuoso

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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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+ Great Machine

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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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Brails

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Brails Espresso

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1695 Willamette St   Eugene, OR 97401

1695 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97401

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Hail Brails. As a kid growing up in Eugene, Brails was always the place you get your hangover breakfast in. Probably the last place in Eugene to ban smoking inside, Brails was notorious for greasy, inexpensive food that would not kill you. Surprisingly enough, they saw that Eugene was lacking a strong coffee leader and opened their own espresso shop. When hearing this, I expected a disgusting, smoke stained shop with day old coffee and donuts courtney thorne smith pokies on the side. Boy was I ever wrong. Straight out of Barista Magazine Brails spared no expense to bring you one of the best coffee spots in the NW. With a wood encased La Marzocca and using the Noble Coffee Roasters out of Ashland their coffee kills it. Great flavor, good color and a cool shotgun layout to enjoy it in. Brails is your best bet for Eugenes Bean.

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+ Pour Over
+ Interesting Space
+ Eugene’s Best

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Barista

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Barista

Posted on 23 September 2012 by mattbaker

1725 Northeast Alberta Street
Portland, Oregon

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This is a pretty interesting place. You can actually choose what type of roast/bean they use to make your drink. They have a huge selection of coffees to choose from also. If you love coffee, you are going to love this place. The staff probably knows more about coffee then Stephen Hawking knows about space. They are on their shit. With some of the best machines in Portland, this is your place. The ambiance is not award winning, but we are hear to appreciate the brilliance of coffee not socialize.

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+ Choose your own roast
+ Specialty Drinks

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