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Cafediem

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Cafe Diem

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

229 Main St   Ames, Iowa 50010

229 Main St
Ames, Iowa 50010

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A giant space in Downtown Ames that seems to be where all the college students journey to get their fix and hit the books. Cool art and seating made me hopeful that they might actually know what they were doing. I remained hopeful even though the first drink I heard called out was, “Salted Caramel Latte.” My hopes started dwindling when I found out they had no 8 oz drink and they cashier say, “people here like sweet drinks.” They had a huge Astoria machine (that I had not seen before) and pumped out a decent drink. A little tart, but good. Definitely not the best in town, but a great place to hang. They also offer breakfast, lunch and very hot baristas.

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+ Huge Space
+ College Kids
+ Hot Baristas

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Lawler

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Lawlers

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

21 S Main Street Baker, Montana

21 S Main Street
Baker, Montana

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What I want to really know is “why the hell are you in Baker?” Aside from oil fields, there is no real reason to be here. However, if you do find yourself traveling through, there is a coffee shop. It is located in the back of the Flower shop and you have to pass an assortment of weird gifts and cards to get to it (that’s how they get ya.) There are a few tables to sit, but no internet. They have an Astra Machine and aside from coffee you can get tea, chocolate and Fuze fizzy drinks. The coffee was better then I expected, but still not very good. There is a drive thru on the outskirts of town, but this might be your best bet.

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+ Flowers
+ Gifts
+ Fizzy Drinks

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the-rookery-cafe

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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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+ Location
+ Pretty People
+ Good Food

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Java Love

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

2155 Arizona 89A #118  Sedona, AZ 86336

2155 Arizona 89A #118 Sedona, AZ 86336

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This hard to find shop is located buried on the corner of a strip mall/shopping complex. However it is a very interesting place with hippies, yuppies and normal folk socializing like they would at a local watering hole. The layout is a little odd with a jigsaw puzzle of tables put in various positions around the roaster that’s in the middle of the room. Makes me wonder if they actually even use the roaster, due to the close proximity of some of the seats. Have a decent assortment of food and snacks and I had a delicious quiche and salad. The coffee was a little bit of a let down. Especially with their cool Red La Marzocco machine. The presentation was a little rough, with a 1/2 a rosetta that was hard to see through the mountain of foam around it. The flavor was ok, but with that machine and roasting your own beans (supposedly,) they could do a lot better. The best part about this place is the covered outside seating with decent views of the red rock that make Sedona a world renowned attraction.

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+ Decent View
+ Cool People
+ Good Food

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cafe_116

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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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+ Cafe
+ Synesso
+ Decent Food

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Detroitlake

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Detroit Lake

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

808 Washington Ave   Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

808 Washington Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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I know better by excited for coffee shops based off their name, but I have to admit I was a little intrigued to see this on the corner of main street. From the outside, it looked like it might be one of those rare cool coffee shops in a state littered with nothing. After struggling to find the entrance and then realizing I have to go into a small shopping mall even to get in to the place, my positive sentiment quickly dissipated. A huge space, but littered with old folks, odd non-coffee items for sale and a stuffy barista was what greeted me and that was the good things about it. The coffee was bad. I would say, get some drip and one of their sandwiches and use the space to work. That is probably the best case scenario for this joint.

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+ Shopping complex
+ Odd
+ Old people

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Wadena

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Cyber Coffee

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

210 Jefferson St S   Wadena, MN 56482

210 Jefferson St S
Wadena, MN 56482

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Located right downtown in Wadena this is a huge space on the strip. A really cool space with couches, gaming center, computers on the wall, TV’s and a piano it reminds me of a cyber cafe in Europe. It definitely caters to the teenage demographic and even donate some of their proceeds to teen programs. Could not tell what the machine was, but whatever it was it made some serious garbage coffee. Hopefully they are not serving this to the teens because, they are seriously going to be brought up on drinkable diarrhea. Talking with the barista, he gave me the impression that he knew a little about decent coffee, but when he had to step up to the plate and make some he struck out badly. He steamed my coffee till the sound of the frying milk was so loud I had to plug my ears. Then he filled what was suppose to be my 8 0z drink all the way up to the 12 (the smallest size the have.) It was almost undrinkable and a waste of mouth space. The good part about this place is that it is a cool spot to hang and has a lot of great things you would want in a shop. Coffee is just not one of them.

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+ Internet
+ X-Box
+ Teenage Hang

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Coffeecompany

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Coffee Company

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

2100 S Columbia Rd   Grand Forks, ND 58201

2100 S Columbia Rd
Grand Forks, ND 58201

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One of the higher rated shops on Yelp, and once again, the popular user generated site is leading people astray. A god awful shop that is stale and full of odd trinkets for sale. The coffee is just as odd. Dumbfounded by my 8 oz drink, the barista definitely asked if “I wanted flavor” and charge extra for a second shot. A La Cimbali machine and a Diedrich roaster on site, the place is a wash. Don’t go here.

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+ Strip Mall
+ Lame
+ Weird Jewelry

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cantabria

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Cantabria Coffee

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

211 2nd St NW Bemidji, MN 56601

211 2nd St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

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I have no idea how I ended up here, but I did and here are the things I experienced. First, this place is broken up into many different rooms that are not even attached to the actual shop. It felt like a giant complex of funky art, pizza and trekkies. They use a Simonelli machine and their smallest size was a 16 0z. After a long conversation on how I wanted them to fill the 16 oz cup 1/2 way. It seemed to blow her mind to be honest. It was like watching a Neanderthal learning how the internet works. After a 5 minute explanation, I received a full 16 0z blazing hot latte. I don’t understand how in 30 seconds you can forget exactly what a person wants. The coffee was shit and I would say avoid this place like syphilis.

If you love Mexican styled coffee shops in Minnesota this is your spot. Decorated like a villa on the Gulf of Mexico with paintings of Conquistador’s and pastel flowers, this place is huge. Food, wi-fi, fireplace, computers are all offered here. They roast on site with a Diedrich Roaster and use a Cembali Machine. The coffee was ok. It had some decent flavor, good color, but the fact they don’t serve 8 0z and the coffee was a little hot, made it kind of a let down. Great place to hang though.

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+ Mexican Themed
+ Roaster
+ Funky

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newport

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The Coffee House

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

156 SW Bay Blvd   Newport, OR 97365

156 SW Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365

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This place is located in Old Town Newport and is right across the street from where you can hear the Sea Lions causing all sorts of commotion. They use McLaughlin Coffee and a Le Grand Danieli machine. They don’t have wi-fi, but serve some great food. It’s more of a cafe then a coffee shop. It took probably 15 minutes for me to get my coffee, I think because it is really busy, and there are only two dudes working there. The space is very nice with an all wood interior and a fishing shack feel to it. The coffee was very poor and very bitter. I would go with drip or pour over, or just get food and try a different spot.

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+ Old Town
+ Food
+ Breakfast

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