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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
+ Hot Baristas

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Redraven

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Red Raven

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

916 Main Ave  Fargo,  ND 58103

916 Main Ave Fargo,
ND 58103

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Red Raven was a little hard to find. Located on a main street and not very well marked. Looked more like a door to someone’s apartment then to a business, but once found it is a really cool shop. Very spacious, with cool art and a large stage which would be a perfect place to watch a show. A loft upstairs and books scattered around this has some great ambiance. I was a little disappointed with the machine though. A dinky La Cimbali. It’s so small I think the worlds smallest woman would say, “What is this shit?” I was happy to see that they actually offer 8 oz sizes, but I was disappointed with the results. It was way to hot, although it did have some decent flavor. It tasted a little burnt, but it’s all about the ambiance at this spot.

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+ Hip Spot
+ Trade in Books
+ Hard to find

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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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Columbiariver

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Columbia River Coffee Roasters

Posted on 16 October 2012 by mattbaker

279 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103

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I am so glad that Astoria is finally getting around to stepping up their game on coffee. With the Astoria Coffeehouse already serving up the goods, the Columbia River Coffee Roaster also delivers the delicious. It has a real generic feel to the atmosphere. Not a lot of art and not a lot of interesting things about the layout which makes it feel a little stale. There is a real variety to the sort of people who visit the space. Kids, families and outdoor folks all frequent here to get there jolt. One cool thing is that the roasting happens only 20 feet from the machine. The coffee blend is good and the shots are great. A nice place to stop as you pass on through.

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+ Family Atmosphere

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Cafesola

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Caffe Sola

Posted on 16 October 2012 by mattbaker

38 23 Street East Saskatoon,
SK S7K 0H7, Canada

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I only heard about this place an hour before I had to leave town, so I did not get a chance to hang out there long. Which really sucks, because I loved it. Really cool place, with lot’s of light, interesting layout and really nice people (I guess that is redundant since we are in Canada.) They have a strong machine, good barista’s and very good coffee. If this was Seattle, it would have a hard time lifting with the heavyweights, but for Saskatoon this is a great choice.

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+ Coffee
+ Shows
+ Awesome Layout

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beanscene

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The Bean Scene

Posted on 08 October 2012 by mattbaker

274 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J6, Canada

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When I found the Bean Scene I was so excited. I was spending a week in Kelowna and it was the hip place and where all the cool kids hung out. With a few locations around town the best one is right downtown. The Bean Scene has a great layout, with awesome art and great people. The food is good, and the coffee is pretty good also. It is nothing special, but I have seen them make a good cup of coffee. It’s less about the coffee in this place and more about the cool hang.

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zootown-front

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Zootown

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

121 West Broadway Street
Missoula, MT 59802

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This is a huge space right in downtown Missoula. It is almost to much space. It feels like if someone is across the room they are in another county. They have 20 ft ceilings, a stage, event guides and a really friendly staff. Not having high expectations after looking at their machine, but they pulled me two decent shots that I was very happy with. This is a great place to be quite and study and that is what most of their customers are doing. OK food, but I would say there has to be a better place in town.

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+ Study space

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calypsos

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Calypso’s Coffee

Posted on 20 September 2012 by mattbaker

116 East Lakeside Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814


Upon walking in, I really liked the place. A open layout with great art. Although it seems very lifeless and the people who frequent are not as friendly as the competition across town. The coffee was pretty good, they roast their own beans and have a decent machine but certainly not as good as Java Time. However, there is more room, a cooler layout and if you are looking for a place to relax and get some work done, this is probably your best bet.

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