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Cafediem

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Cafe Diem

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

229 Main St   Ames, Iowa 50010

229 Main St
Ames, Iowa 50010

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A giant space in Downtown Ames that seems to be where all the college students journey to get their fix and hit the books. Cool art and seating made me hopeful that they might actually know what they were doing. I remained hopeful even though the first drink I heard called out was, “Salted Caramel Latte.” My hopes started dwindling when I found out they had no 8 oz drink and they cashier say, “people here like sweet drinks.” They had a huge Astoria machine (that I had not seen before) and pumped out a decent drink. A little tart, but good. Definitely not the best in town, but a great place to hang. They also offer breakfast, lunch and very hot baristas.

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+ Huge Space
+ College Kids
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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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Bauhaus

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Bauhaus

Posted on 24 November 2012 by mattbaker

301 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122

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This is by far my favorite place in Seattle. Located on the corner of Pine and Melrose, this place is the perfect glimpse into all things Seattle. A perfect mix of hipsters, students, coffee lovers and weirdo’s. Two levels provides the Bauhaus with a great layout and they pack seats in every nook and cranny of this place. A wall decorated with a giant bookshelf full of old reads and the rest of the place decorated with interesting looking people. The bean they use is very strong and flavorful. Something about it makes me thinks this is the way espresso was made since the caveman days. Not only do they pull a great shot, they also are the only place I have ever seen that sell Ding Dongs. Another great thing about this place is that there is a load of outside seating that you can sit in. Enjoy your espresso and watch the cast of characters that pollute the area.

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+ Coffee
+ Books
+ Ding Dongs

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Mestizo

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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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+ Coffee
+ Art Gallery
+ Mexican Gifts
+ Open Mics

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Woodscoffee

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Woods Coffee

Posted on 22 November 2012 by mattbaker

8077 Guide Meridian Rd
Lynden, WA 98264

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Located across from the fairgrounds in Lynden this place is pretty easy to spot. Resting on top of the building is a giant windmill. The windmill is the coolest part of this experience. Woods is a chain coffee shop and even though is a lot better to hang out in then a Starbucks, the coffee is just as bad.. Their coffee flavor also has a tint of christian in it, which makes me a little weary. They have some decent food, but other then needing a place to relax and drain internet from the only thing to order here is drip..

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+ Windmills
+ Odd Vibe
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urbanstampede

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Urban Stampede

Posted on 22 November 2012 by mattbaker

324 Kittson Avenue
Grand Forks, ND 58201

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I was surprised to really like Grand Forks. A really funky art’s district with this spot right in the heart of it. A cool space, with lot’s of space to spread out and cool art on the walls. Seems like all the cool people in Grand Forks make this their oasis. Located close to the college also, you will find a lot of students burying their faces in books and laptops. The only problem is that the coffee is not that great. They support a very inferior machine and I did not feel the barista really knew what she was doing. Although it is a great place to hang, the coffee is a letdown. I would get some drip and kick it and not waste your money on any espresso.

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+ Coffee
+ Bikes
+ College kids

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urbanground

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Urbanground Coffee House

Posted on 27 September 2012 by mattbaker

167 Central Avenue North
Swift Current, SK S9H 0K9, Canada

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Urban Ground Coffeehouse is a little sanctuary in the middle of a big shit pile. I don’t want to say Swift Current sucks, I mean to say it really sucks. Urban Ground is where everyone goes to hang and get some decent coffee. I have had many cups of coffee there and it always ranges in quality. I have a pretty good cup there, but more often then not it is very average. The food selection is limited, but they do have internet and a steady stream of people coming in and out. The most important thing is not the quality of the coffee, but that there is a decent place in this frozen tundra.

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+ Warmth

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Thebeanery

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The Beanery

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

152 West 5th St
Eugene, OR 97401

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I grew up in Eugene and before I had any appreciation for decent coffee, this was the spot. However, since I have come to appreciate quality in my espresso, this place is terrible. The coffee is almost always scorched to hell and you can’t even really taste the coffee. To make matters even worse for themselves, they have switched around names of drinks. A “mocha” is chocolate mixed with drip coffee. And a regular mocha is called a “beanery.” I don’t understand the thought process behind this. Whoever made that decision should have been focusing on making good coffee instead of making “cute” names for their shitty drinks. The sad part about this place, is a lot of people go there. Mostly teenagers and college kids hang out there because it is a cool place to study and get work done. I would highly recommend “not” to go to this place unless all other coffee shops are closed down and there is no more sewer water to drink.

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Dolce Vita

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Dolce Vita

Posted on 04 September 2012 by mattbaker

999 Yates Street
Victoria, BC

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This is my favorite coffee shop in all of Victoria. I have virtually been to them all also. They have a great La Marzoca and use Intellegencia coffee. They are not the friendliest staff and the ambiance is a little stale, but if you want a great cup on Vancouver Island, this is the best bet. They have very good pastries and outside seating, but parking is a bitch.

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+ Coffee
+ Tea
+ Snacks

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