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Red Raven

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

916 Main Ave  Fargo,  ND 58103

916 Main Ave Fargo,
ND 58103

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Red Raven was a little hard to find. Located on a main street and not very well marked. Looked more like a door to someone’s apartment then to a business, but once found it is a really cool shop. Very spacious, with cool art and a large stage which would be a perfect place to watch a show. A loft upstairs and books scattered around this has some great ambiance. I was a little disappointed with the machine though. A dinky La Cimbali. It’s so small I think the worlds smallest woman would say, “What is this shit?” I was happy to see that they actually offer 8 oz sizes, but I was disappointed with the results. It was way to hot, although it did have some decent flavor. It tasted a little burnt, but it’s all about the ambiance at this spot.

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+ Hip Spot
+ Trade in Books
+ Hard to find

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The Barista Parlor

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The Barista Parlor

Posted on 03 March 2013 by mattbaker

519B Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN.

519B Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN.

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The Barista Parlor was a pain in the ass to find, but so worth it. Located in the back of a building, with a walled parking lot around it, makes it a peculiar setting. Outside are three bright blue garage doors decorated with a giant anchor which is a great welcoming. The inside is equally as cool. A huge open space decorated with great art on the walls, rockabilly music and the bar in the middle. The bar is very unique look to it that displays their Slayer Machine and pour over stations nicely. Also on display are their assortment of delicious yummy’s. I had a chocolate/bourbon/sea salt cookie that was like Cinco De Mayo in my mouth. This place certainly has a little kitschy-ness to it with their family style seating, and amazing interior decorations, but I love it! They rotate their coffee’s every week highlighting multiple roasters from all over the country. The day I was there they were using Intelligence and Sight Glass (San Francisco.) It took a little while to get my coffee. That might be the Slayer though. The only other time I was a shop that used the Slayer it also took a long time. It did not matter though, the coffee was superb! Great flavor, strong presentation and a whole lot of amazing swirling around my tastebuds. This is a must go if you are a coffee fan. This has skyrocketed into my top 5 coffee shops in the United States. What a treat to go to such a cool city and enjoy such an amazing shop. Great job Barista Parlor!

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+ Amazing
+ Epic
+ Kitschy

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prado-cafe

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Prado Cafe

Posted on 24 October 2012 by mattbaker

1938 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N, Canada

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This place was an exciting find. It does not have a lot of signage on the front, just like every minimal hipster place. That is exactly what it is. A hipster mecca! It seems like they transplanted a shop out of Portland or New York and plopped it down on the south end of Commercial Ave. It has no real art on the walls, and very plain design with lot’s of natural light. They have a very impressive La Marzcocca and the coffee is great! I have never been disappointed with the coffee and every barista seems to be on their shit. If you can handle the hipsterness and don’t want to talk to anybody then this is a awesome place.

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+ Coolness
+ Commercial Drive

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Thebeta

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The Beta Coffee

Posted on 08 October 2012 by mattbaker

1132 12th St,
Cody, WY 82414

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This is a small little place, but is your best bet for a good place to hang out. Off the main strip, but still centrally located and easy to find. Great art, nice people and big windows looking out at the tourists as they shuffle by. Sadly, there coffee is not great, but is good enough to get you by the lack of good coffee in Wyoming.

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LA_Mill_Coffee

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LAMILL Coffee

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

1636 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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LAMILL is nestled in a convenient spot in the hipster haven of Silver Lake. Let’s face it, if you are a coffee aficionado, this is a must stop along your coffee life path. With a gold plated La Marzocco and a culture that makes you feel like coffee is what is really important in the universe this place delivers on multiple levels. The food is fantastic and the culture is what every coffee shop should be. If you have your coffee in, they seat you and serve you up one of the dozens of fantastic drinks they offer. A simple layout, with a murals of ancient Greece decorating the walls, LAMILL is setting the bar high for all coffee shops in Silver Lake. This is a “All System Must Go.”

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Randomorder

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Random Order

Posted on 23 September 2012 by mattbaker

1800 Northeast Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211

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Is a really cool (and small) coffee shop on Alberta street. They have been there as long as I can remember and they have some pretty solid coffee. With a La Marzoca and a cool staff they can give you exactly what you need. Not only do they have great coffee, they also have tons of pies to accompany your liquid deliciousness. A small and intmate seating area, but if you don’t mind people around you joining in on your conversation, this is a great place.

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sweetness

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Sweetness Cafe

Posted on 20 September 2012 by mattbaker

220 GRANT ST. (AT LAFAYETTE AVE.)
BUFFALO, NY

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This is a great spot in a interesting location. I thought I might be in the hood when I stumbled upon this place, but it did not matter because this place is a diamond in the rough. They had a great roast and machine (La Marzocco,) and even though I thought the coffee underperformed the quality of equipment, it was still very good. Seems to have a good local hangout vibe with good conversation, a sense of community and cool people. Ambiance and food are fantastic, the only knock on this place is that is closes early.

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Thegrind

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The Grind

Posted on 19 September 2012 by mattbaker

Hightower Road
Girdwood

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This is the only coffee shop in this small hippy town, and it is super cool. They have very kitschy decorations and Archie McPhee pranks to buy. It has a very nerdy atmosphere, with a comic con feel. However, they deliver a solid latte and a big smile as you hang out.

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+ Novelty Gifts

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Madhatter

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Mad Hatter Coffee Roastery

Posted on 05 September 2012 by mattbaker

513 3 Street Southeast
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0H2, Canada

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There are not many coffee places in Medicine Hat, but luckily there is a good one. The Mad Hatter is a cool place, that roasts their own beans and will give you a good cup of coffee. The machine is a little beat up, but the barista’s know how to use it and pull a shot that is tasty. The women running the place was very friendly and told me all about their roasting process. Great food, funky hang and a whole lot of good espresso.

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Northtown Coffee

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Northtown Coffee

Posted on 03 September 2012 by mattbaker

28 North 1st Street
Yakima, WA 98901

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Welcome to the Palm Springs of Washington. Yakima is a interesting town, and was desperate for a solid coffee establishment. Finally Northtown Coffee moved in with some really good coffee. They serve Stumptown coffee and have a very nice La Marzoca which serves some great shots. Sometimes I think their coffee is a little to smooth and does not pack a big enough punch, but this is by far the best place in Yakima. However, it is located in an odd place. I don’t know this to be fact, but I feel like it’s next to a bunch of bail bond places and maybe the county jail. Inside the shop is fine and the ambiance is great, but I would not recommend hanging around outside for to long. I love that you have to go through a shady part of town to get some great coffee. Adds to the adventure more.

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