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Vinyl Caffe

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

303 Kellogg Ave   Ames, IA 50010

303 Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA 50010

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This is the spot. Located right off the main street, and in a basement this place is the best. A funky little spot with a few seats, good art and pipes running across the ceiling. What more could you want in a record store and coffee shop? A La Marzocco machine that makes an awesome cup. Great color, flavor and presentation made this such an enjoyable place to visit. Enjoy quality coffee while you peruse through shelves of great vinyl records. I would take this place over most in the country. Best place in Ames, hands down.

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+ Records
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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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Atomic Coffee

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Atomic Coffee

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

222 Broadway #100   Fargo, ND 58102

222 Broadway #100
Fargo, ND 58102

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Located in Downtown Fargo, this place is a writers dream. Lot’s of space, clean, decent light and a lot of interesting people coming and going. Although there was no art on the walls which was a little striking. They have a light food selection to nibble on while you wait for your coffee. They use an organic fair trade bean and is very smooth. It is not as strong as Red Raven, but has some decent flavor. The barista’s are very nice hear. It’s really a flip of the coin on which place is better.

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+ Internet
+ Downtown
+ People Watching

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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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American Coffee House

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

601 Penn St Reading, PA

601 Penn St
Reading, PA

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Well if this place was any easier to find it would be in a Where’s Waldo book. Located in some odd business complex. No, not a outdoor strip mall, but inside some building that houses a bunch of other similarly odd shops. This shop has made some odd decisions regarding their business strategy. A grimy La San Marco Machine, styrofoam cups, day old snacks and ice cream to name a few. They did not serve 8 0z and the coffee was to hot and un-flavorful to drink. Don’t bother with this place unless it is the only safe place in a zombie apocalypse. Find something better in Reading.

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+ Roaster
+ Hipsters
+ Venice

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Dish

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

740 Queen StreetSault Ste. Marie, ON P6A

740 Queen Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A

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I thought Dish was gonna be great. It had all the makings for an unbelievable shop. Great location, lot’s of light, great layout, funky lazy boys to sit in, but the coffee was a big let down. They use Ideal Coffee from Toronto and make their espresso on an Elektra machine. The coffee was ok, but not worth the $4.75 I payed for my 8 oz latte. I actually thought I was paying for my buddy’s and my coffee together, but turns out I was just covering mine. They do have some good food and a decent flow of people coming in. I would say this place is best for lunch and maybe search out another spot for espresso.

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+ Cool Furniture
+ Glass Windows
+ Convenient

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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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+ Pool

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caffemedici

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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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+ Coffee
+ Snacks
+ Austin

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Diva Espresso

Posted on 22 November 2012 by mattbaker

4480 Fauntleroy Way Southwest
Seattle, WA

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This is my little get away in West Seattle. Very inconveniently located in-between a auto mechanic shop and a computer parts store, if you can get to it, Diva is great. A very open layout with lot’s of places to sit, a local flavor to it and pretty damn good coffee. Their coffee is nothing that jumps off the charts at you, but if you are looking for a good place to work and enjoy a great cup off coffee this is a hidden gem. There are only about 4 parking spaces in front, so you might have to park around the block, but well worth it. A La Marzocco machine and lots of snacks await you. Other locations include Greenwood, downtown and airport.

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MonAmi

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Mon Ami

Posted on 22 November 2012 by mattbaker

1906 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

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I love this place my friend. Vancouver does not have a lot of options for great coffee due to it’s close proximity to Portland and everyones willingness to drive 10 minutes to get their culture. However, they have a great shop right in downtown Couv! Mon Ami, uses a Stumptown bean, La Marzocco Machine and they rock a great cup of joe. Not only is their coffee superb, they also have snacks and make amazing crepes in every way you want to ingest it. Sweet, savory and swavory these crepes are a great way to compliment the amazing espresso. With great art on the wall, talkative locals and ideal location this place is worth staying around for.

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+ Crepes
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