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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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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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+ Roaster
+ Delicious
+ Great Machine

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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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dubsea-21

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Dubsea

Posted on 21 December 2012 by mattbaker

9910 8th Avenue Southwest  Seattle, WA 98106

9910 8th Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA 98106

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Dubsea is a calm lagoon in a sea of uncertainty. White Center has long been considered a shady and dangerous part of Seattle, and lacked a lot of the social outlets that other parts of Seattle offer. Slowly people are getting hip that all the gentrified neighborhoods are lame and the rugged areas are the spots that actually have a little personality. Dubsea is a coffee shop that embodies not only the grit of White Center, but the coffee quality that Seattle has come to expect. With a pristine Synesso and a Stumptown bean, Dubsea brings it. A cool open layout with interesting bar stools, play area for the kids and lot’s of light make it a decent spot to sit and enjoy you coffee. They coffee is top notch and worth stopping in if you find yourself on the southend of Seattle. The only downfall for this place is that it closes at 4:30 so be sure to plan ahead.

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+ Stumptown
+ Synesso
+ White Center

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Sterling

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Sterling Coffee Roasters

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

417 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97210

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This place rocks on multiple levels. A small spot in Northwest portland and when I say “small,” I mean “SMALL.” Having maybe 5 tables and can seat probably 12 this plays has people coming and going all day. A great decor, with coffee plants decorating each table, it makes sense why this place is blowing up. The owners are your barista’s and they welcome you with their hipster vintage suits and smiles. Their roast is delicious and their espresso is made on a single group Synnesso machine (which I had not seen.) The price was a little high for my drink, but worth it because they made the shit out of my coffee. The Nicaragua blend was fantastic with a lot of flavor and very smooth. They roast well, barista well and decorate great. This is a “Must Stop” in Portland.

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+ Coffee
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+ The bomb shit!

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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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Caffedbola

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Caffe D’Bolla

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

249 E 400 S # B
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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I was actually getting a tattoo next door and smelled some coffee. I walked over after and found this small little cafe. Almost walked out, then became very excited to see a Syneso machine staring back at me. The coffee they roast themselves and are very passionate about it. Telling me all about the day’s blend of Ethiopian and Costa Rican. The flavor of the coffee backed up their attention to detail with wonderful flavors. They did not have any food and the ambiance is pretty bleak, but their coffee was superb.

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+ Ristretto Shots
+ Bubble Tea

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caffee vita

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Caffe Vitta

Posted on 24 November 2012 by mattbaker

1005 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA

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Vita has become the standard in Seattle. With multiple locations and many other shops using their beans, they are starting to be mentioned with the likes of Vivace’s in the espresso landscape. I see why. They have everything going for them. Ideal locations, clean/stylized shops and most importantly really good espresso. With every shop rocking a La Marzocco, this place appeals to everyone. Hipsters, goths and preps all frequent Vita shops and make it a diverse spot to hang. My favorite spot is right on Capital Hill and is also their roasting location. This shop is a non-stop people watching spot and even has an upstairs if you want to get some work done.

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+ Coffee
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+ Hip People

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hotwire

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Hotwire Coffee

Posted on 22 November 2012 by mattbaker

4410 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116

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Hotwire Coffee rocks. This is the place I go in West Seattle if I want a great cup of coffee. It is a little hole in the wall with only one table inside to sit. That’s not what it’s about here, it is all about the coffee. With a rotating cast of great barista’s they always deliver the goods with a smile and overly friendly attitude. They do have five computers to surf the internet or get business done free of charge if you purchase a drink. Some outside seating to enjoy your cup of amazing on a nice day this is the spot for you.

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+ Computers
+ Yummy Snacks

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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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+ Commercial Drive

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