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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
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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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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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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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Cargo Coffee Company

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

28 Shortland St  Auckland CBD 1010, New Zealand

28 Shortland St Auckland CBD 1010, New Zealand

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I was super stoked about this spot. It is located in a shipping container on the top of a hill. It has a cool outside seating area with some picnic benches and garden area. They have a cool green La Marzocco and upon approach I thought this was the spot. However, the coffee just like every other place was just “pretty good.” Anywhere else in the world, I would be stoked to have this coffee, but in Auckland where everyone and there mother owns a La Marzocco, the quest for the best cup does not stop here.

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+ In a boxcar
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+ Cool trinkets

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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
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+ Kitschy

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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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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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Intelligentsia Coffee

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Intelligentsia is a fun and amazing espresso shop. There are a few around LA, but my favorite is in Venice. When I am in LA I always make an effort to stop in on the Venice spot. It’s a little over the hipster top for me, but I get it. They want to make you feel like they are a European hipster espresso scientist that know more about espresso then anyone in the entire world. The shop has a very unique layout. The bar is a circle in the middle of the room with what seems to be 10 people working behind. There are multiple machines around the bar, you are pointed to one of the espresso stations for a one on one interaction with one of the baristas. They present it to you like a piece of art and take your. The shop moves like a finely tuned machine. Regardless of the awkwardness the system might create, the coffee does not let you down. A amazing blend with bold flavors and a cup that goes down so smooth, you almost are sad when it is gone. I had a very hard time with the internet, but I am glad because the people watching is so much better then who likes my facebook status. This is a must-do stop on your coffee adventure in LA-LA Land.

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The Great Northwest Coffee Company Inc

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

250 Algoma St S
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 3C2

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This came highly recommended from a roaster I met in town and I was very excited about it. It shares a space with a computer store and has maybe a total of 6 seats which 1 of the seats is always occupied by the owner. They roast their own beans which I thought would be great, but it kind of let me down. They use a La Cimbali machine which I was not familiar with and the combination of the roast, machine and barista provided a very average cup. It is a funky spot to hang and chat people up and I do like the fact the money is going right to the guy making your drink, but I don’t think this is the best.

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