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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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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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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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Full City Coffee

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

842 Pearl Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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I always look at Full City as the workingman’s coffee. With a few around town my favorite is on Pearl St. This one is located in the heart of downtown Eugene right next to all the city buildings, this place caters to people on the go. That does not mean the quality is compromised. They pull a decent shot. Not the best in Eugene, but certainly not going to dissapoint. They are also connected to a real good bakery that has some tastry treats to snack on. If you are looking for a place to hang out, talk with friends or get work done, this is not the place. The space is small and they specialize in volume. Get your coffee and walk over to the fountain across the street.

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Mad Hatter Coffee Roastery

Posted on 05 September 2012 by mattbaker

513 3 Street Southeast
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0H2, Canada

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There are not many coffee places in Medicine Hat, but luckily there is a good one. The Mad Hatter is a cool place, that roasts their own beans and will give you a good cup of coffee. The machine is a little beat up, but the barista’s know how to use it and pull a shot that is tasty. The women running the place was very friendly and told me all about their roasting process. Great food, funky hang and a whole lot of good espresso.

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Mill Creek Roasters

Posted on 24 August 2012 by mattbaker

657 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 8411

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I was really excited when I stumbled upon this place. It is in a huge warehouse space and seemed like it had so much promise. The food was very good, but the coffee left a little something to be desired. I always think that coffee roasters should make the best coffee, but I find that is not always the case. Although it was good, it did not meet my expectations. They did not offer a 8 oz size, no macchiato and there Simonelli machine looked a little beat up. I love drinking coffee at the exact place it was roasted and in that sense it was great.

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Salt Lake City Roasters

Posted on 24 August 2012 by mattbaker

320 East 400 South
Salt Lake City

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Cool space with upstairs seating looking down over the roasting area. Very european outside seating and seemed to be a very popular hang out for the locals. A great place to go to work and study. The baked goods are tasty, but the coffee left me wanting more. They had two machines a La Marzocco and a Simonelli, and they made my drink on the Simonelli. It is better then most coffee, but expect a little more out of a roaster.

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