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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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Crema

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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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+ Roaster
+ Pour Over
+ People Watching

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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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Elixir

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Elixir Coffee

Posted on 16 October 2012 by mattbaker

207 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Recently moved to a new location Elixir Coffee new location suits it a lot more then it’s old spot. The new shop is now on a very small, narrow street and is the space is amazing. Interestingly decorated with terrariums, beautiful wood floors and some funky jazz playing it makes you feel like you walked into an Urban Outfitters. With a La Marzocco machine, I thought to myself “this is the perfect spot.” It has it all! Great atmosphere, internet, snacks and the decor of a hipster palace, but the coffee fell a little flat. I was corrected and was told that an 8 oz latte is called a “Cappuccino.” No matter if it was a Latte or a Cappuccino I thought the coffee was a little weak. Overall it is quality and they know what they are doing. However out of all the places that have the knowledge of quality, I think they need to get a better flavor of bean to be considered the best of the best. Great spot, and a hip oasis from the bustling streets of Philly.

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Barista

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Barista

Posted on 23 September 2012 by mattbaker

1725 Northeast Alberta Street
Portland, Oregon

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This is a pretty interesting place. You can actually choose what type of roast/bean they use to make your drink. They have a huge selection of coffees to choose from also. If you love coffee, you are going to love this place. The staff probably knows more about coffee then Stephen Hawking knows about space. They are on their shit. With some of the best machines in Portland, this is your place. The ambiance is not award winning, but we are hear to appreciate the brilliance of coffee not socialize.

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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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Bertines

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Bertines

Posted on 19 September 2012 by mattbaker

117 East 4th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926

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There are a few coffee places in Ellensburg, but this is the only one with good coffee. The people of Bertines know what they are doing. They have a great machine and pour a solid shot. It is also a great spot to hang. With rotating art, friendly people this is a awesome place in a interesting town. It is even adjacent to a real cool music space called Raw Space that has shows regularly. No need to go anywhere else in Ellensburg, this is the spot!

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Cafetaza

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Cafe Taza

Posted on 19 September 2012 by mattbaker

100 ELMWOOD AVE
BUFFALO, NY 14201

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This is a funky little spot in the heart of Allentown. It has limited seating, and is laid out poorly. The coffee was not so good either, with my espresso being almost burned. Although, it does have a little spunk to it and there was some really interesting people hanging out. Might be a fun spot to chill for a few hours and find out what Buffalo is all about.

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Rockford

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Rockford Coffee

Posted on 04 September 2012 by mattbaker

628 W MAIN ST # 2
BOZEMAN, MT

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I don’t know if this is a Montana chain, but there are two of them in Bozeman alone. Regardless, they are pretty good. Minimal layout gives it the hipster feel of Portland and they pull some decent shots. They use a La Marzoca and roast there own beans. It is nice to see a roasting company who knows what they are doing. I thought the roast was a little weak, but it has all the quality to entertain the palette. Have snacks and pastries and they clientele is a very mixed batch, but what do you expect? It’s Montana!

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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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