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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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Victrola

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

3215 Beacon Avenue South Seattle

3215 Beacon Avenue South
Seattle

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Victrola is probably my favorite roast in all of town. They have a few locations around Seattle and their roast brings the house down. They don’t get mentioned a lot by the locals, but everyone I bring there, rave about it. I think the reason they don’t get as much hype as Vita and Stumptown is that they don’t put themselves out there as much. A lot of Vita and Stumptown’s success is they spend a significant amount on advertising and kitschy promotional tactics that keep them on the coffee culture radar. Victrola quietly sits back, and pumps out some of the best coffee in all the city. They keep it simple. All of their shops are pretty basic, except they they bring the delicious on virtually everything. Great tea, sweet treats and snacks are also on par with their kick ass espresso. A fine La Marzzocco machine and knowledgable barista’s churn out smooth, delightful drinks that make your tastebuds explode. It’s all about the roast at Victrola and if you like to really taste a great roasters bean, this is the place to do it.

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+ Best roast in Seattle
+ Multiple Locations

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Dubsea

Posted on 21 December 2012 by mattbaker

9910 8th Avenue Southwest  Seattle, WA 98106

9910 8th Avenue Southwest Seattle, WA 98106

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Dubsea is a calm lagoon in a sea of uncertainty. White Center has long been considered a shady and dangerous part of Seattle, and lacked a lot of the social outlets that other parts of Seattle offer. Slowly people are getting hip that all the gentrified neighborhoods are lame and the rugged areas are the spots that actually have a little personality. Dubsea is a coffee shop that embodies not only the grit of White Center, but the coffee quality that Seattle has come to expect. With a pristine Synesso and a Stumptown bean, Dubsea brings it. A cool open layout with interesting bar stools, play area for the kids and lot’s of light make it a decent spot to sit and enjoy you coffee. They coffee is top notch and worth stopping in if you find yourself on the southend of Seattle. The only downfall for this place is that it closes at 4:30 so be sure to plan ahead.

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+ Stumptown
+ Synesso
+ White Center

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eldiabolo

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El Diabolo Coffee Company

Posted on 28 November 2012 by mattbaker

1811 Queen Anne Avenue North #101
Seattle, WA 98109

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One of my favorite spots in all of Seattle. This brightly colored place sports amazing coffee, great ambiance and the perfect spot to have a little fun with your deliciousness. Decorated with beautiful murals had when they were decorating the space. Every table is hand painted with unique characters and funny sayings. With little nooks and cranny’s this is not only a funky spot to hang out and study, but a great place to bring a date. The coffee is also phenomenal. They have the cubano shot where they put raw sugar in with the espresso. Do this!

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+ Cool Shit

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Freemontcoff

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Freemont Coffee Company

Posted on 28 November 2012 by mattbaker

459 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

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This is my favorite spot in Freemont. Located in a old crusty looking house, the Coffee Company thrives by providing not only good coffee, but a good place to study. There are about 3-4 tables in each room and art decorating each room like it would your own home. The coffee is great and the food is very good also. I love this place, but would not recommend it for a social meeting place. The intimacy of each room makes it so that you can be heard clearly pretty much anywhere in the house. It seems most of the time people are busy working and no one really goes there to socialize. If you are looking to bury your face in a laptop or book with some great coffee in Freemont, this is your spot!

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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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Cupcake

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Cupcake Royale

Posted on 23 November 2012 by mattbaker

21 Bellevue Way Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004

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This place has erupted in the last 5 years after the confusing cupcake boom. Opening several spots all over Seattle (West Seattle, Ballard, Medrona, Bellevue.) Depending on the location, it offers a interesting mix of hipsters, cupcake enthusiasts and people on dates. It is the most popular spot to get a cupcake, but certainly not the best in town (that award goest to Trophy Cupcake.) The great part about CR is that they do a fine job with their coffee. They use a Stumptown bean and the usual La Marzocco, they pour a very good shot and chasing the deliciousness with a cupcake is like a little slice of Unicorn vagina…

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+ Ridiculous Bumper Stickers

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Cafefiore

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Cafe Fiore

Posted on 23 November 2012 by mattbaker

2206 CALIFORNIA AVE
Seattle, WA 98116

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Fiore has a few shops around town (West Seattle, Ballard, Greenwood) and all of them are good. They serve their own organic roast with a really dark flavor and the quality is amazing. They have gone above and beyond what it takes to make a great coffee shop. Custom made wood interior, with interesting designs, intricate patterns and an orange light Pokies backlighting a lot of the designs. They partner with all the local outlets to get their snacks and they only roast organic. What more do you want! If you find yourself in the vicinity of one of these you are going to need to stop or you might have to start reconsidering your life priorities.

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+ Great Decor

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Pioneer Coffee

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Pioneer Coffee

Posted on 08 October 2012 by mattbaker

121 North Pennsylvania Avenue,
Cle Elum, WA 98922

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I always stop at Pioneer when I am traveling through and am rarely dissapointed. Even though they have a rotating cast of barista’s, they all seem to pull great shots and I always leave glad that there is good coffee in such a small town. They roast their beans right in the shop and have halfway decent food. The ambiance is a little odd. I always feel like I am intruding on a yuppy convention. It seems to bring in older white folks who seem disgruntled and snobbish. Screw them! I get my coffee to go. For your sanity, I would not reccommend staying long.

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Stumptown

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Stumptown

Posted on 25 September 2012 by mattbaker

128 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

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This is the staple and the standard in Portland. Every small coffee shop is fighting a uphill battle over this coffee shop empire. With locations all over Portland, Seattle and even put down roots in Manhattan. You can’t blame them for blowing up like a indie rock band. They roast their own beans, and it is damn good. They use a superior Synnesso machine in all their shops and they have the minimal, hip, indie layout that seems to match the identity of all that is Portland. You will not go wrong with your coffee if you stop in. The food selection is minimal and you might have to wait a little while in line, but you won’t be disappointed. This is the hipster mecca. Be prepared!

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+ Amazing Coffee

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