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Chai Tea Lounge

Posted on 05 March 2013 by mattbaker

24 Wharf Rd  Coromandel  New Zealand

24 Wharf Rd
Coromandel
New Zealand

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A cool little spot in downtown Coromandel Town. Chai Tea Lounge has the sort of hippy vibe that always makes a decent shop. A plethora of vegetarian foods and deserts are on display and are even better tasting then they are looking. It’s nice to see a proper coffee shop. In New Zealand so many places are restaurants first and it is cool to see a place solely focus and survive off the coffee. A decent flavor on their drinks, but this is the only game in town. Great seating areas including some outside seating, free wi-fi and the occasional show makes this a must destination on your visit to the Coromandel.

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+ Veggie Friendly
+ Hippy
+ Chai Tea

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proof_bakery_atwater

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Proof Bakery

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

3156 Glendale Blvd   Los Angeles, CA 90039

3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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This is a cool little spot located in Echo Park. It has delicious baked good out the yin yang to choose from and a little seating area to enjoy them. Not much for atmosphere, but maintains a healthy flow of beautiful people coming and going. A Strada Machine that highlights the quality Four Barrel Coffee they use. The coffee was smooth with good color, but just lacked a little bite. It was almost too smooth for my taste. I like to have the flavor explode in my mouth, and this was just lacked that little extra spark. Solid coffee anywhere else, but not going to knock your sunglasses off.

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+ Baked Goods
+ People Watching
+ Echo Park

 

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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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Calico

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Calico Coffee

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

316 Bay St
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1S1

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Calico seems to be the cool spot where the locals hang. There are three coffee shops in Thunder Bay and they are all located a block from each other. I think Calico is the best of the three. In a dark basement like space, Calico rocks a Elektra machine and makes a decent cup. It is nothing to write home about, but it certainly will do the trick. Cool wooden booths are a long the wall if you want to bury your face and work, or have an intimate conversation. They have snacks, cute barista’s and decent art on the wall. If you are traveling in Ontario, this might be a lagoon in the dessert of nothingness. Check it out.

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+ Coffee
+ Interesting people
+ Basement

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purefare6

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Pure Fare

Posted on 16 October 2012 by mattbaker

119 South 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Half restaurant and half coffee shop this place rocks. With a small La Marzocco, Pure Fare has the care for the coffee and it shows in the flavor. My 8oz Latte order was corrected to actually be a “Cappuccino,” but they delivered a cup with beautiful color and taste. Not only do they rock a great cup, but the have some delicious foods that give you an all around great experience. Smoothies, salads, sandwiches and Burmese papaya salad make this a one stop shop of delicious. Not the greatest place to hang although the do have one giant table with some very addicting swivel seats, but cool enough to have lunch and move on.

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+ Coffee
+ Amazing Food
+ Deli Feel

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