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Chae’s

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Chae’s Coffee

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

1100 State Route 260, Suite C5, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

1100 State Route 260, Suite C5, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

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This is a hard one to review, because one of the barista’s at this spot is a big fan of my comedy show. So, I will tread lightly. The shop itself is a little hard to find and located within a strip mall. Upon walking in, there was limited seating with one table filled with a women selling art and another housing a guy playing guitar and singing loudly like we would be missing out if we did not hear him. The vibe of the shop struck me as a little more vagabond then most and felt it belonged in Eugene Oregon. I was excited to see the La Marzocco machine, but taken back a little when they asked if I wanted flavor in my latte. On top of that, no 8 oz cup. The final product did not have the greatest color and the flavor was a little hard to find. Maybe it was my tastebuds that day, but I sweat I could not actually taste the coffee. I think this would be a cool place to hang if there wasn’t some guitar guy belting away songs he uses to try and melt chicks panties off with.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Strip Mall
+ Panty Melting Music

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coffeeculture

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Coffee Culture

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

1195 NW Kings Blvd Corvallis, OR

1195 NW Kings Blvd
Corvallis, OR

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I was so excited about this place when I read about it. They roast their own beans, have a nice La Marzocco with chemex and french press options. The shop was a giant let down. Full of college kids working on their computers leaving no place to sit. The presentation was horrible. It seemed like the barista did not even take time to make my drink, just throwing some shit in a cup and calling it a day. The flavor was missing and it was very bland. So lame! What a waste of good resources. Go somewhere else.

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+ La Marzocco
+ College Kids
+ Disappointing

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emporio

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Emporio Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

90 Abel Smith St  Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

90 Abel Smith St Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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My favorite place in Wellington hands down. One of a handful of shops in New Zealand that actually focus on espresso! A small shop off the beaten path, with limited seating and a very industrial design. Big ass glass windows looking over the road and into their roasting area where you can watch the magic happen. It’s cement interior gives you a real feel that they are not their to produce crap, but some science students who rented whatever space they could to make the best espresso. It has limited seating, but that don’t matter because you are going to be jumping up and down this place is so good! A sexy black La Marzocco on display with a small assortment of high end baked goods next to it. The coffee was superb. Great flavor, with very bold notes, great color and when touching my lips I could feel my feet tingle a little. This is the #1 spot to go of all the places I tried in Wellington. They also offer a chemex option.. This is your spot..

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+ Awesome
+ Coffee
+ Roaster

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movenpick_web_1

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Movenpick

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

75 Tamaki Dr Mission Bay Auckland, NZ

75 Tamaki Dr
Mission Bay
Auckland, NZ

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This place is as tourist as touristy gets. Right on the corner and conveniently located across the street from the harbor. It’s primarily a Swiss Ice Cream place (which I recommend you trying,) but they do have a nice black La Marzocco machine. Not much of an atmosphere, but the coffee is pretty good. It was presented with a nice heart design, had some decent flavor, but was a little hot. I don’t think you will be disappointed with the coffee, I would just say that there is nothing special about this spot.

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+ Swiss Ice Cream
+ Coffee
+ Teenage Dates

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allpress

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All Press Espresso

Posted on 04 March 2013 by mattbaker

266 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby- Auckland New Zealand

266 Ponsonby Road
Ponsonby- Auckland
New Zealand

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One of the biggest roasters in NZ, I visited the Ponsonby shop. I don’t think they roast there, because the size is so small, but this is a cool little spot. With only three seats and a small assortment of treats it seems like they just want to serve you and get you the hell out. A really cool La Marzocco with a mirror behind the barista allows you to watch as they make your drink. She put a lid on my drink without asking making the presentation a little anticlimactic, but the coffee was pretty good and had some decent bite to it. I was expecting a little more from a shop that provides beans to all the major espresso players in NZ, but comparatively speaking to most shops this is pretty good. Get a cup and walk the cool row of Ponsonby shops!

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+ Small
+ Cool Machine
+ Ponsonby

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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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+ Delicious
+ Great Machine

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Satelite

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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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Dean and DeLuca

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Dean and DeLuca

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

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I am not sure how much specialty coffee has caught on in Tokyo, but this place knows what’s up. I was so excited when I walked into the shop and saw a huge, beautiful white La Marzocco machine. With many locations around Tokyo, this place will give you exactly what you are looking for. They pull a mean shot with great flavor and pour you a cup with a rosetta right on top. A great assortment of pastries, snacks and weird Japanese snacks decorate the spaces next to the register. Surprisingly everything is reasonably priced for somewhere in Tokyo. Tokyo is known for being very expensive, but this place is the same price any coffee shop in the states.

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+ La Marzocco
+ Pastries
+ Tokyo

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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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