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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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Octane Coffee

Posted on 29 November 2012 by mattbaker

437 Memorial Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

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Octane was a little hard to find, but once I found it I was stoked. The south has been a little slow to catch onto the specialty coffee trend, but it was nice to find a place that is setting the standard. I had read a lot about this place before I showed up and was a little surprised to see that they had a Simonelli machine in the shop. Even with my skepticism, they delivered a fantastic Macchiato with a side of sparkling water that made me have hope for a future of coffee in Georgia. The space is cool with high ceilings that were decorated with pipes, great art on the walls, food and a full bar. I would say this is your best bet in in Atlanta. They make great coffee. I would love to see what they could do with a better machine!

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Mestizo

Posted on 24 November 2012 by mattbaker

641 West North Temple #700
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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This was a tough place to find. It is tucked back into a business/apartment complex and has limited parking. The layout is a little funky, with the counter located at the most narrow part of the space. Although, since they did it that way it opens up the rest of the room for a amazing space to work and socialize. Not only is the first room awesome, the second room is equally amazing. This room is an art gallery with rotating art that compliments the store brilliantly. They have couches in the gallery to sit and look at the art, have a meeting, work and even use this room for open mics. They use a Simonelli machine and the coffee is average, but this place one my heart over. Really authentically friendly staff, cool gift selection, great food and a lot of spunk. If you want to get away from the hipster vibe of some of the other spots in SLC, this is your best bet.

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+ Art Gallery
+ Mexican Gifts
+ Open Mics

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Stumptown

Posted on 25 September 2012 by mattbaker

128 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

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This is the staple and the standard in Portland. Every small coffee shop is fighting a uphill battle over this coffee shop empire. With locations all over Portland, Seattle and even put down roots in Manhattan. You can’t blame them for blowing up like a indie rock band. They roast their own beans, and it is damn good. They use a superior Synnesso machine in all their shops and they have the minimal, hip, indie layout that seems to match the identity of all that is Portland. You will not go wrong with your coffee if you stop in. The food selection is minimal and you might have to wait a little while in line, but you won’t be disappointed. This is the hipster mecca. Be prepared!

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Nobrow

Posted on 24 August 2012 by mattbaker

15 East Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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I was looking for a different coffee shop and stumbled upon this place. Very minimal design with tall ceilings an a warehouse feel to it. Phenomenal light due to half the building being windows. Reminded me a lot of something that belongs in Portland with the heavily tattooed barista and Broken Bells blaring on the speakers. Not a whole lot of people, but very good coffee. I was shocked that they could pull such good shots out of the Simonelli. I had never heard of the Ritual roaster the use, but they make a great cup of coffee.

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