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Java Love

Posted on 09 July 2013 by mattbaker

2155 Arizona 89A #118  Sedona, AZ 86336

2155 Arizona 89A #118 Sedona, AZ 86336

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This hard to find shop is located buried on the corner of a strip mall/shopping complex. However it is a very interesting place with hippies, yuppies and normal folk socializing like they would at a local watering hole. The layout is a little odd with a jigsaw puzzle of tables put in various positions around the roaster that’s in the middle of the room. Makes me wonder if they actually even use the roaster, due to the close proximity of some of the seats. Have a decent assortment of food and snacks and I had a delicious quiche and salad. The coffee was a little bit of a let down. Especially with their cool Red La Marzocco machine. The presentation was a little rough, with a 1/2 a rosetta that was hard to see through the mountain of foam around it. The flavor was ok, but with that machine and roasting your own beans (supposedly,) they could do a lot better. The best part about this place is the covered outside seating with decent views of the red rock that make Sedona a world renowned attraction.

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+ Decent View
+ Cool People
+ Good Food

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Cantabria Coffee

Posted on 23 April 2013 by mattbaker

211 2nd St NW Bemidji, MN 56601

211 2nd St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

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I have no idea how I ended up here, but I did and here are the things I experienced. First, this place is broken up into many different rooms that are not even attached to the actual shop. It felt like a giant complex of funky art, pizza and trekkies. They use a Simonelli machine and their smallest size was a 16 0z. After a long conversation on how I wanted them to fill the 16 oz cup 1/2 way. It seemed to blow her mind to be honest. It was like watching a Neanderthal learning how the internet works. After a 5 minute explanation, I received a full 16 0z blazing hot latte. I don’t understand how in 30 seconds you can forget exactly what a person wants. The coffee was shit and I would say avoid this place like syphilis.

If you love Mexican styled coffee shops in Minnesota this is your spot. Decorated like a villa on the Gulf of Mexico with paintings of Conquistador’s and pastel flowers, this place is huge. Food, wi-fi, fireplace, computers are all offered here. They roast on site with a Diedrich Roaster and use a Cembali Machine. The coffee was ok. It had some decent flavor, good color, but the fact they don’t serve 8 0z and the coffee was a little hot, made it kind of a let down. Great place to hang though.

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+ Mexican Themed
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+ Funky

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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
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Flight Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

171 - 177 Willis Street WELLINGTON 6142 New Zealand

171 – 177 Willis Street
WELLINGTON 6142 New Zealand

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Their coffee is used all over Wellington and I was extremely excited to visit their shop/roasting location in Wellington. A really cool shop with custom wood interior a tasting room and a few spots to sit and enjoy. Smack in the middle is there large Probat roaster showing off like some grand champion horse. They use a direct trade bean and the owner is very knowledgable and friendly explaining the process of how they get their beans. I was a little surprised to see that they use a Slayer Machine, but the owner swore by it, so I was onboard. Upon my order I watched them throw 6 shots away before they served me a drink that was to hot. I really Pokies appreciate the fact that they would not serve me something they did not think was high quality, but on the flip-side, why did it take 6 different pulls to get something good? I would expect something better from the 2011 3rd place finisher in the world barista championships. The presentation was beautiful, but it was to hot and the coffee was to smooth. It was honestly like drinking air. I like my coffee to have some bite, and this did not. They coffee is to well done for their own good. Great place to visit on your coffee spot. Especially if you want to really experience some of the upper crust of coffee companies.

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+ Weird way of making Americano’s

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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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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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Ryan Bros Coffee

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

1894 Main St   San Diego, CA 92113

1894 Main St
San Diego, CA 92113

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Whatever you do, don’t go here. This is one of the higher rated spots on Yelp and Urbanspoon and it is awful. It is a huge space made of brick which is great because you need a lot of room to hold all the disappointment you are going to have with this place. They roast their own beans, but have a single group Rancilio pull machine. No 8 oz, in fact very confused at the fact that I wanted that. After ordering, I realized that they might not have ever even made espresso before. After drinking I definitely knew they had never made espresso before. To hot, filled up to much and tasted like ass. The have lot’s of tables to work at, offer lunch, smoothies and frappes, but do yourself a favor and go to Starbucks…

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Bucers

Posted on 30 November 2012 by mattbaker

201 South Main Street
Moscow, ID 83843

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This coffee shop is very bittersweet for me. They have really great coffee with a great La Marzoca. They know how to make exactly what your tastebuds are looking for. It also is a real cool layout with hidden nooks in the back and a huge central table that can house 20 people. They have a huge bookshelf with lot’s of books that make it feel like an old English study. However, a lot of the books are religious and a few of my friends in the area told me that the owners of Bucers are very anti-gay, going as far as donating money to anti-gay movements and political parties. No quality of coffee is good enough to outcast humans and hurt anyone. I can’t support a place that does not support equality in people. So, I will be taking my business elsewhere.

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+ Coffee
+ Beer
+ Sweets
+ Discrimination

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Vivace’s

Posted on 24 November 2012 by mattbaker

321 Broadway Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102

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It is hard for me to review this place, since this is pretty much the place that put high-end specialty espresso on the map in the United States. It’s a little bit like rating your sensei, it’s just hard to do. They function on a coffee level that is above and beyond my understanding. A shame their original location was torn down, but they have recovered nicely. With three locations (Capital Hill, REI hgh human growth hormone injectable hgh) Vivace’s is some of the best and smoothest espresso you will have. A classy layout, beautiful customized Synnesso machine and delicious treats, makes this the most important stop on your coffee journey. These guys wrote the book (literally) on ristretto shots, roasting, rosetta pours and all things espresso. Don’t leave Seattle without visiting the reason you have had great espresso in your life.

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+ They are the best at coffee

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Caffe Vitta

Posted on 24 November 2012 by mattbaker

1005 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA

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Vita has become the standard in Seattle. With multiple locations and many other shops using their beans, they are starting to be mentioned with the likes of Vivace’s in the espresso landscape. I see why. They have everything going for them. Ideal locations, clean/stylized shops and most importantly really good espresso. With every shop rocking a La Marzocco, this place appeals to everyone. Hipsters, goths and preps all frequent Vita shops and make it a diverse spot to hang. My favorite spot is right on Capital Hill and is also their roasting location. This shop is a non-stop people watching spot and even has an upstairs if you want to get some work done.

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+ Coffee
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+ Hip People

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