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wanderingjew
Sirloin
2010/02/21 15:25:26
I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite coffee houses recently during the recent annual Glee Club Event in Charleston.
As some of you know, I'm not necessarily a big breakfast person and prefer to find a local coffee house and hopefully relax over a good cuppa java especially considering that coffee at most Roadfood Restaurants taste like hot water with food coloring. I've had some hits and misses over the years, but have had more success over the last few years with yelp, coffeegeek.com and the citisearch and aol best of lists as well as best of lists in various local entertainment weeklies.

I've compiled a list of some of my favorite coffeehouses I've visited around the country. And here they are grouped regionally.

Northeast

1. Coffee Exchange- Providence RI- definitely my favorite coffee house in New England
http://sustainablecoffee.com/coffee_main.html


2. Chapterhouse Cafe and Gallery- Philadelphia PA- after visiting 4 coffeehouses in one day- this was my favorite
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA/Chapterhouse-Cafe-Gallery/111454095031

3. Daily Grind- Baltimore MD- After a breakfast at Jimmy's in Fells Point, skip the coffee there and go here.
http://fellsgrind.com/Index.aspx

 
4. So G Coffee Roasters- South Glastonbury CT- Recently opened by one of the employees of day break coffee roasters in Glastonbury. I   discovered this place while researching local coffee houses for a work meeting I had to attend.

http://sogcoffee.com/ 
  
5 Mornings In Paris - Kennebunk ME-   They roast their own coffee and their super dark (noir) roast is quite captivating
 
http://www.morningsinparis.com/ 
 
6. Main Street Coffee East Greenwich- My go to place for coffee 6 out of 7 days a week. Steve the owner is just a great, dedicated guy. Two words- French Roast . Also probably one of the most unique coffee houses in the country with an Italian Motif and a clientele of the Sopranos meets Good Fellas
 
https://www.facebook.com/mainstreetri
 
7. Small World Coffee- Princeton NJ  A superb mellow tasting dark roast
 
http://smallworldcoffee.com/
 
8. Daybreak Coffee Roasters- Glastonbury CT A local favorite, busy at all hours. They roast their mellow dark roast and other roasts on the premises
 
http://www.daybreakcoffee.com/
 
9. Cool Beans International- Oradell NJ Using local Red House Roasters. Their dark roast was surprisingly rich and flavorful
 http://www.coolbeansnj.com
  
10. Hot Chocolate Sparrow- Orleans MA  A gem on Cape Cod- Various rich dark roasts. Wonderful pastries and a variety of bagels and ice cream too
http://www.hotchocolatesparrow.com/
 
11. Tryst- Washington DC- In trendy Adams-Morgan- Big, crowded, a hodgpodge of furnishings, huge breakfast menu, and oh....the coffee is really good too!
http://www.trystdc.com/
 
 
12. The Blind Dog Cafe- Washington DC- Walking distance from both Florida Avenue Grill and Ben's Chili Bowl, this incredibly funky coffee house has some of the best coffee in the northeast and can compete with the best of the best in the Pacific Northwest.
http://blinddogcafe.com/
 

The South

1. Kudu Coffee- Charleston SC-The Best Coffee I've had in the South- and great atmosphere with African motifs
 
http://www.kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com/

2. Aurora Coffee- Atlanta GA- In the Virginia Highlands Neighborhood
http://auroracoffee.com/

3. Fido- Nashville TN- A short walk from the Pancake Pantry
http://www.bongojava.com/fido.php

4. Highland Coffee- Louisville KY- much better than the local Heine Brothers coffeehouse chain
http://www.highlandcoffeeco.com/

5. Guillermo's Gourmet Grounds - Little Rock  AR- Voted the best in town
http://www.g3coffee.com/
 
6. Mama Carmen's - Fayetteville AR- Surprisingly rich and flavorful for a medium roast
http://mamacarmen.com/cafe
 
7. Drowsy  Poet Coffee Company- Pensacola FL- A wonderful cozy coffee house and roaster with a couple of unique rooms that set various moods. One room that looks like an old fashoned academic library.  They even have a player piano
http://drowsypoetcoffee.com/
 
8. Java Vino- Atlanta GA- In the same Virginia Highlands neighborhood as Aurora Coffee, however with a cozier atmosphere. A coffee house by morning and wine bar in the evening. They roast their own coffee  beans which the owners family produces in Nicaragua. They even close shop after 11am on Mondays just to roast.
http://www.javavino.com
 
9. Smelly Cat Coffee House- Charlotte NC-   If you've ever watched the old, classic sitcom "Friends" you'll get the pun. Very funky, expect the baristas to have tattoos, mohawks and dredlocks, and those are the women that I'm talking about. In the funky No-Da neighborhood, they roast their coffee, and offer both "drip" and "pourover"
http://www.smellycatcoffee.com

 
10. Pasion Del Cielo - Coral Gables FL- Not only is the variety of roasts that they offer overwhelming but their unique per cup brewing process is similar to preparing espresso- The cubano is out of this world
http://www.pasiondelcielo.com/

 
11. Lamplighter Coffee Roasting Company- Richmond VA- What a tremendous improvement with my two visits in 2014 compared to my initial visit back in 2010. Lamplighter has graduated from the secondary list. And they roast their own coffee too 
http://lamplightercoffee.com/
 
 

 



Midwest

1. Phoenix Coffee- Cleveland- this was my saving grace during my three weeks of CAT duty in Cleveland. I would wake up an extra half hour early just to take the 8 mile round trip drive prior to long 12 hour days at work.
http://www.phoenixcoffee.com/shop/

2. The Ugly Mug Cafe- Ypsilanti MI- An oasis in Metro Detroit just outside of Ann Arbor
 
http://uglymugcafeandroastery.com/


3. Blue Line Coffee- Omaha NE- probably the dumpiest looking coffee house I ever visited- but what a great cuppa joe!
http://www.bluelinecoffee.com/

4. Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company- St Louis MO- on my unsuccesful quest to find Gooey Butter Cake, I found this gem on
par with any west coast coffeehouse
http://www.kaldiscoffee.com/

5. Broadway Cafe- Kansas City MO- this coffeehouse in the trendy Westport neighborhood stood up to Starbucks which deliberately opened a branch next door.
http://www.broadwaycafeandroastery.com/

6. Cup O' Joe- Columbus OH- Whoever thought you'd be able to find some good  coffee in Columbus OH out of all places. This mini chain delivers
http://www.cupojoe.com/

7. The Coffee House on Cherry Street- Tulsa OK- A surprisingly rich dark roast with significant body.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Coffee-House-on-Cherry-Street/206922734841
 
 
8 . Zanzibar's Coffee Adventures- Des Moines IA-  Full bodied, dark and aventurous coffee
 
http://www.zanzibarscoffee.com/
 
9. Alterra Coffee Roasters - MIlwaukee WI- A local mini chain with a brazilian blend that's out of this world.
 
http://alterracoffee.com/

 
10. Hubbard and Cravens Coffee Co.- Indianapolis IN - Yes, they're a local chain, yes the atmostphere is somewhat corporate but even their medium roast had great flavor and body
http://www.hubbardandcravens.com/

 
11. Coffee Emporium- Cincinnati OH- Local mini-chain offering good, strong coffee and delectable pastries.
http://www.coffee-emporium.com/
 


 


The West

1. Common Grounds- Denver CO- Two Great Locations - Lo Do and Highland Park
http://www.commongroundscoffeehouse.com/

2. Crave Espresso Bar- Tucson AZ-  An incredibly rich and dark roast- my favorite best new coffee house of 2012  
https://www.facebook.com/cravecoffeebar

3. Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters- Boise ID- Simply Outstanding
http://www.dawsontaylor.com/

4. Waldens Coffeehouse- Reno NV- very homey atmosphere and an extremely addicting dark roast
http://www.waldenscoffeehouse.net/

5. Bibo Coffee Company- Reno NV- quite the opposite of Walden's in terms of Atmosphere-  very cold/spare/warehouse
feel, but the coffee is just as good.
http://www.bibocoffeecompany.com/

6. Millcreek Coffee Roasters- Salt Lake City UT- Found this by accident on my 2 mile walk from my motel to Downtown-
http://millcreekcoffee.com/

7. Stumptown Coffee Roasters- Portland OR- Portland's flagship coffeehouse. There's no surprise why I was greeted
with a long long when I entered the downtown location- This is what makes coffee in the Pacific NW so special.
http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/

8. Caffe Roma Coffee Roasting Co.- San Francisco CA- In the North Beach neighorhoodFound this place by accident after a visit to Mama's on Washington Square
http://www.cafferoma.com/

9. Urth Caffe- West Hollywood CA- Very trend- the place to see and be seen - and amazingly good rich dark coffee too
http://www.urthcaffe.com/locations.html

10. Living Room Cafe- La Jolla CA/San Diego CA- Local Coffee Chain- The La Jolla and Point Loma locations are my favorites
http://www.livingroomcafe.com/
 
11. Halcyon Coffee/Bar/Lounge- Austin TX- A coffee bar that contributes to keeping Austin wierd
http://www.halcyonaustin.com/ 

12. St James Espresso- Kirkland WA- Pacific NW Style Coffee-The medium roast bursts with an explosion of flavor
http://www.stjamesespresso.com/Pages/default.aspx
 
13. Zoka Coffee Roasters  & Tea Co. Kirkland WA- A local Seattle chain-their light roast has a woodsy/reedy  flavor 
http://zokacoffee.com/
 
14. Cafe Rococco-Kirkland WA -  Classic pacific NW style coffee house offering a rich vibrant dark roast 
http://rocococoffee.com/caffe-rococo/
 
15. Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters- Albuquerque NM- They roast their own coffee- a true eye opener and clearly the best in Albuquerque
http://www.michaelthomascoffee.com/
 


Addendum
 
I decided to add a list of additional coffee houses I visited over the years. They're not the best on my bucket list
however are certainly above average in my book and:
-Make up for not having the best coffee, by having an excellent atmosphere
and/or
-Although I would probably do additional research to find better in the area (if there is better), each coffee house listed would warrant a return in a pinch...
 
 
 
1. Northeast
 
Muddy Waters-New London CT
Acoustic Java- Worcester MA
Massapequa Perk- Massapequa Park NY
Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary- Colonie (Albany) NY
Boston Common's Coffee- Boston MA
Mocha Java- Dedham MA
Espresso Bueno- Barre VT
Spot Coffee- Buffalo (Williamsville) NY
White Electric Coffee- Providence RI
Coffee Depot- Warren RI
Zu Coffee- Annapolis MD
Uptown Coffee- Mt. Lebanon PA
Square One Coffee- Lancaster PA
Northern Lights Espresso Bar- Scranton PA  (decent coffee served with unmitigated attitude- you've been forwarned)
Cafe Sol- Niantic CT
Coffee Tree Roasters- Pittsburgh PA
Orbis Cafe - Mt Lebanon PA
Sip This- Valley Stream NY
Bellmore Bean- Bellmore NY
 
2 South
 
Dilworth Coffee - Charlotte NC
Mountain Island Coffee House- Charlotte NC
Fausto Coffee- Lincolnton NC
Biltmore Coffee Roasters- Asheville NC
Izzy's Coffee Den- Asheville NC
O'Henry's- Birmingham (Homewood) AL
Carpe Diem- Mobile AL
PJ's Coffee- New Orleans LA
 
Midwest
 
Isle Bun Coffee- Minneapolis MN
Dunn Bros (A Regional Chain which began in St Paul MN)
Atomic Coffee- Fargo ND
Coffea Roasterie- Sioux Falls SD
Java Joe's- Des Moines IA 
Vagabond Cafe - Wichita KS
The Red Cup- Oklahoma City OK
 
West 
 
Ruta Maya- Austin TX
Satellite Coffee- Albuquerque NM
Winnings Coffee Co. Albuquerque
Copper Star Coffee- Phoenix AZ
Flying M  Coffee- Boise ID
Fuel Coffee- Seattle WA 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/07/10 19:37:33
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2010/02/21 15:45:05
WJ,

You may be the first person in all of New England who could put together a coffee house list that extensive and leave out Dunkin Donuts.

In Minneapolis/St. Paul we are dominated by Caribou (a local semi-national), Starbucks and Dunn Bros. (another local). Caribou and Starbucks fight for outlets in the supermarkets. I'm semi-responsible, being on the original development team, of getting Starbucks in Target Stores. However, I prefer Caribou over Starbucks. Dunn Bros. grinds coffee on premise at all shops and serves a pretty good brew. When the weather warms up I might start walking into Excelsior and having a brew there. My son-in-law's family once had three coffee shops, The Bean Counter, but long ago sold the business. Another one of my old work friends opened a independent coffee shop and since closed when Caribou and Starbucks invaded the intersection they were located. The closest independent to my house is the Minnetonka Mud Coffee shop on Lake Minnetonka's Shoreline Drive. I'll stop in there on occasion usually on the mornings my wife is not home and brewing a pot.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2010/02/21 16:01:15
Davydd

WJ,

You may be the first person in all of New England who could put together a coffee house list that extensive and leave out Dunkin Donuts.

In Minneapolis/St. Paul we are dominated by Caribou (a local semi-national), Starbucks and Dunn Bros. (another local). Caribou and Starbucks fight for outlets in the supermarkets. I'm semi-responsible, being on the original development team, of getting Starbucks in Target Stores. However, I prefer Caribou over Starbucks. Dunn Bros. grinds coffee on premise at all shops and serves a pretty good brew. When the weather warms up I might start walking into Excelsior and having a brew there. My son-in-law's family once had three coffee shops, The Bean Counter, but long ago sold the business. Another one of my old work friends opened a independent coffee shop and since closed when Caribou and Starbucks invaded the intersection they were located. The closest independent to my house is the Minnetonka Mud Coffee shop on Lake Minnetonka's Shoreline Drive. I'll stop in there on occasion usually on the mornings my wife is not home and brewing a pot.


Davydd

Don't get me started on Dunkin Donuts  

I've been to Caribou and Dunn Brothers- both of which are ok, however what stood out about Dunn Brothers was their amazing sinfully rich and  moist wild rice cake which I had for breakfast on my visit to the Twin Cities back in 2006.


Pogo
Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2010/02/21 16:28:04
TJ, Next time you're in Atlanta, make sure to visit "Octane" coffee house on the west side of the city of Atlanta near Georgia Tech. They use Counter Culture Coffee and stress rigorous training for their baristas. You can also get alcohol there. My new drink of choice that was invented in Australia and is slowly appearing at the better coffee houses here in the US is a "Flat White" Ask for it!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2010/07/01 09:52:30
Updated with
So G Coffee Roasters in South Glastonbury CT
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2010/12/06 11:19:48
Updated with
Coffee House on Cherry Street in Tulsa OK
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/19 20:59:56
Updates
 
Udder Place Coffee Co. in Portland ME has sadly shuttered it's doors after 14 years in business, however I have updated Portland ME with Mornings in Paris located in the old port. 
 
Also I deleted Intellgentsia Coffee in Chicago. When I last visited their coffee was still superb however they have become part of what I call the "extreme coffee" movement which has become very popular over the last couple of years.  They brew by the cup. Each cup is only 16 oz and they go for close to $3 a pop-no free or reduced charge refills. . I'm debating if I should start a seperate section.
 
I also added Alterra Coffee in Milwaukee WI
Hubbard and Cravens in Indianapolis
and  Small World Coffee in Princeton NJ
also updated some websites.
 
I have some more coffee houses to add from my trip last month.
californyguy
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/19 22:08:14
Old Soul http://www.oldsoulco.com/ in Sacramenty is a wonderful place;the main and first shop is a very warehousy place in an alley- now there are several. besides great coffee , the  quality of  the baked goods  really sets them apart.
Penn German Chef
Junior Burger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/20 01:52:03
Nice time your in Reno I suggest you try the Hub on Cheney ST. it is truly one of the new style of coffee houses where to staff are trained to professional levels . The knowledge of the staff about the methods and the beans served is far beyond any of the coffee houses in Reno, NV.  Furthermore they are not roasting their own coffee using premium bean from around the world. Visiting there is like going to a fine wine bar with the atmosphere of a friendly pub. For daily brews I enjoy Bibo's Record Street Location in a wonderful old build that was converted from a Railroad Work shop. To understand Bibo is to understand the owners philosophy of simplicity and fine product.
Penn German Chef
Junior Burger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/20 02:01:05
Next time your in Reno I suggest you try the Hub on Cheney ST. it is truly one of the new style of coffee houses where to staff are trained to professional levels . The knowledge of the staff about the methods and the beans served is far beyond any of the coffee other houses in Reno, NV.  Furthermore they are now roasting their own coffee using premium beans from around the world. Visiting there is like going to a fine wine bar with the atmosphere of a friendly pub. It is built in a former house garage so its very close and informal. Yet it has patio seating. For daily brews I enjoy Bibo's Record Street Location in a wonderful old building that was converted from a Railroad Work shop.  This is mainly due to having room to read the papers and a good book without taking up any limited space.To understand Bibo is to understand the owners philosophy of simplicity and a fine product.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/20 08:25:35
Penn German Chef
Glad to hear you enjoy Bibo's as much as I did. Have you ever been to Walden's? A much "cozier" atmosphere but I found their coffee almost as good.

Not sure when/if I'll make it down to Reno but I would certainly give The Hub a try.
 
Californyguy
 
Thanks for your input.
 
I encourage others to do the same
I was hoping this thread could be a clearing house for those who want more than
Mc$tarbuck$.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/20 10:40:52
I'll agree with de-listing Intelligentsia.  They just aren't what they used to be.
 
If you find yourself in San Francisco, I highly recommend Ritual in the Mission.   I also enjoy Blue Bottle, but fear they'll end up like Intelligentsia.
 
If over in London, I adore Monmouth Coffee, especially their location at Burrough Market that's got a large communal table with all sorts of breads and jams available for a modest charge.
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/10 19:58:08
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/20 11:10:25
For a chain I find that the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf places serve a decent cup of coffee.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/21 10:01:29
kaszeta
 
When I last visited Chicago,  I also had the opportunity to visit a wonderful coffee house about a mile south of Intelligentsia  called Noble Tree Coffee Roasters on Clark Street, unfortunately they shuttered their doors last month due to structural work that was needed on the building
http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2012/01/20/noble-tree-coffee-shutters-bow-truss-roasting-coming.php
 
I'm certain that there is no shortage of excellent quality coffee houses in Chicago.
 
brisketboy
 
I couldn't go to to a national chain like coffee bean and tea leaf when Austin is just swarming with local independent coffee houses. On my last visit in 2007 I enjoyed the coffee at Ruta Maya. I'm looking forward to returning next month and have several others on my list if it's not up to snuff
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/21 12:44:39
WJ I'm with you on Ruta Maya. But when one is stuck in Oxnard the Coffee Bean looks good.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/21 15:46:38
brisketboy

WJ I'm with you on Ruta Maya. But when one is stuck in Oxnard the Coffee Bean looks good.


Oh, I agree, if left with choices of say 7/11, Dunkin Donuts or Mc$tarbuck$, I would even take Starbucks in a heartbeat.
 
Isn't  the Coffee bean and Tea leaf chain out of Southern California?
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/21 16:32:13
When in the Baltimore area, you should take the time to walk around historic Ellicott  City, and enjoying some great coffee at  The Coffee Bean , right on the  small Main Street.  I am certain that you will really enjoy it.
Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/21 17:08:37
In Indianapolis you can try B Java Coffee and Tea in the Northwest side of town. IN the North you can try Noble Coffee & Tea in Noblesville. All make a good cup and have great staffs.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/21 18:23:01
Greymo

When in the Baltimore area, you should take the time to walk around historic Ellicott  City, and enjoying some great coffee at  The Coffee Bean , right on the  small Main Street.  I am certain that you will really enjoy it.

 
Oh, I would however I'm scared out of my wits that I may run into my older half-sister " />- she lives there!  
Penn German Chef
Junior Burger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/03/21 18:54:09
Walden's  is on the far west side of town from where I live so I rarely get over there. Yet on Friday and Saturday they have a very active local music scene. As a Reno coffee house historical note Walden's was once owned by the founder and current owner of the Hub.  They're many independent shops outside the so called urban core of Reno in the Burbs. Yet Starbuck's has ruined a lot people on what good coffee should taste like.
pitaaaaaaaaa
Junior Burger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/04/02 21:17:46
Hey, I'm glad to see that Urth Caffe in West Hollywood made it to your list. I am a frequent when it comes to expresso, however, I know very little, but my stay that the Urth was one of the best
mar52
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/04/02 22:14:42
I don't get the Urth following.  Once I saw the design on the top of my latte I was over it with one sip.
 
Urth is expensive!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/04/03 08:06:16
pitaaaaaaaaa
 
welcome to Roadfood, I tend to only drink straight coffee or an occasional americano
Yes Urth is certainly a stand out favorite
 
Mar52
 
Like I said, I drink straight up coffee, so I can't comment on the coffee drinks. Urth was a little  more expensive but I just chocked that up to being in LA
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/12 10:44:54
Revised list for 2012
 
Removed San Francisco Roasting in Atlanta  GA and Xtreme Bean in Tempe AZ
After revisiting, neither place was as good as I remembered.
 
Added :
 
Mama Carmen's Fayetteville AR
Aurora Coffee Atlanta GA
Guillermo's Gourmet Grounds Little Rock AR
Crave Espresso Bar Tucson AZ
and
Halycon Coffee/Bar/Lounge Austin TX
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/12 16:25:26
I can vouch for Halcyon and Crave.
 
Have you been to Dwelltime in Cambridge, MA?  That's one of my current favorites.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/12 16:55:05
kaszeta

I can vouch for Halcyon and Crave.

Have you been to Dwelltime in Cambridge, MA?  That's one of my current favorites.

kaszeta

No I haven't, I did get a very good iced coffee at Pavement Coffee House on Boylston Street near the Berkeley School of Music. Is Dwelltime traditional drip or "thirdwave" pourover.
samy5
Junior Burger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/16 02:21:50
Will have to try Halycon In Austin. Have to go there next month.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/16 08:55:20
wanderingjew

kaszeta

I can vouch for Halcyon and Crave.

Have you been to Dwelltime in Cambridge, MA?  That's one of my current favorites.

kaszeta

No I haven't, I did get a very good iced coffee at Pavement Coffee House on Boylston Street near the Berkeley School of Music. Is Dwelltime traditional drip or "thirdwave" pourover.

Dwelltime is thirdwave (that's a good way to describe it).    It's owned by the same people as Barismo (if you've been there), but seem to be less pretentious and more efficient. 
 
Dwelltime is one of my favorites since they've reliably served me several of the best iced coffees I've ever had.  And they aren't far from the parking garage I get comped at when I'm visiting my MIT subcontractors.
 
I will check out Pavement, I'll be down that way soon.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/16 09:09:53
kaszeta

wanderingjew

kaszeta

I can vouch for Halcyon and Crave.

Have you been to Dwelltime in Cambridge, MA?  That's one of my current favorites.

kaszeta

No I haven't, I did get a very good iced coffee at Pavement Coffee House on Boylston Street near the Berkeley School of Music. Is Dwelltime traditional drip or "thirdwave" pourover.

Dwelltime is thirdwave (that's a good way to describe it).    It's owned by the same people as Barismo (if you've been there), but seem to be less pretentious and more efficient. 

Dwelltime is one of my favorites since they've reliably served me several of the best iced coffees I've ever had.  And they aren't far from the parking garage I get comped at when I'm visiting my MIT subcontractors.

I will check out Pavement, I'll be down that way soon.



I'm not big on "pourover coffee" or the pretentiousness. Especially in the morning when I want to enjoy copious amounts (I usually do a large 20 oz and then a refill) I just don't feel like spending $3-4 for a 12 or 16 oz cup, per cup. Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer a good "drip coffee" . If I happen to pass by a third wave pourover  place in the afternoon and I'm in the mood for a cup, I may check it out.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/16 15:12:49
I mentioned dwelltime since they actually are the opposite when it comes to Iced Coffee: they are fast and efficient, because they brew rather large volumes of the stuff and have it on tap (literally).
 
I too get occasionally annoyed by places doing V60 coffee, especially if they aren't terribly organized about it (at least some places do it assembly-line style)
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2012/10/17 11:57:30
Jet Fuel on Parliament Street in Toronto!
 
http://jetfuelcoffee.com/
 
A very counter culture establishment for the young hipster!
 

 

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/03/08 19:19:38
added:
 
Day Break Coffee Roasters- Glastonbury CT

Drowsy Poet Coffee Company- Pensacola FL
 
Java Vino- Atlanta GA
 
Smelly Cat Coffee House- Charlotte NC
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/03/08 20:21:56
I get by quite well with Waffle House, McDonald's and, oh, I guess any place where you can buy a cup of coffee.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/03/08 20:38:30
Michael Hoffman

I get by quite well with Waffle House, McDonald's and, oh, I guess any place where you can buy a cup of coffee.

 
Yeah, if I went there, I could get by on hot water  coffee too...
 
 Michael, ironically   the way you feel about traditional coffee houses (yeah, the "trend" is now a quarter of a century old)  is the same way I now  feel about "third wave" or "pourover" coffee....it's a totally different realm...
post edited by wanderingjew - 2013/03/08 20:41:14
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/03/10 11:52:02
Bumped thread- to really annoy the hell out of those  who don't "get" good quality coffee 
 
also
Added: 
 
Cool Beans International- Oradell NJ
 
Also added an addendum for coffee houses that don't quite make the best of list.
Again- these are alternatives to the dreaded, horrific Mc$tarbuck$
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/03/10 12:11:04
wanderingjew

Michael Hoffman

I get by quite well with Waffle House, McDonald's and, oh, I guess any place where you can buy a cup of coffee.


Yeah, if I went there, I could get by on hot water  coffee too...

Michael, ironically   the way you feel about traditional coffee houses (yeah, the "trend" is now a quarter of a century old)  is the same way I now  feel about "third wave" or "pourover" coffee....it's a totally different realm...

I had to look up third wave and pourover. And now that I have I am lost.
 
Of course, me being lost is pretty much standard.
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/03/11 11:07:45
wanderingjew
Cool Beans International- Oradell NJ

Ah. I've recently started doing theater reviews next door at the Little Firehouse Theater; I'll have to give them a try after the show.
 
Bart
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/03/11 11:44:51
I am not a coffee person; a good cup of Folgers with milk( gasp!) I was recently trained in the Starbucks in our Target, and simply said no way...I have no interest.While I caught on very well.....have no interest in " I want Blonde roast with chai, blah, blah, blah...". But good for you that do!However, when tired-my co workers give me a shot of espresso, THAT I can do.
Sonny Funzio
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/04/29 13:09:50
Though it's been a while since I've been there, the Espresso Royale on Main st in Ann Arbor.

 
There also used to be another coffee house around the block on Maynard street I think, the name escapes me right now, but they made something called a "French-Vietnamese" which was brewed with coffee, chicory, and had condensed milk in it.  Wonderful.  Haven't seen it anywhere else. 
post edited by Sonny Funzio - 2013/04/30 17:18:30
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/04/29 14:00:48
WJ
A quick update on Ruta Maya, apparantly they closed for a time but have now reopened on south First street. Also they're selling Ruta Maya coffee at Costco.
Route 11
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/04/30 12:21:39
If you ever swing through Charlottesville, Shenandoah Joe is the hot spot here.
 
But my favorite is Trager Bros. to our south in Nelson County. They grind, brew and serve in a gorrgous location.
 
I've not been to Fido in Nashville but its mothership Bongo Java was a favorite when I was at Belmont U. The first "fancy coffee" I ever had.
Scorereader
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/04/30 13:58:12
IF favorite was measred by volume, I'd say a toss up between Dunkin Doughnuts and 7-11. But, I prefer Starbucks, as I enjoy the bitter and ultra-caffeine of their dark roasts. But, when I've been out West, I really enjoy Peets, especially the one in Freemont neighborhood of Seattle. Sadly, no Peets Coffee houses in this area. Although, I hear the Caribou's are being rebranded as Peets, since Peets purchased Caribou. And, I like Caribou - it's like Starbucks without the Starbuck culture of ordering coffee in lingo.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/04/30 14:21:55
We had two nearby Caribous. One just outright closed and the otheer will be rebranded as Peet's. Apparently in no hurry, they have said the rebranding may take a year. The closing of the one was kind of a surprise, it was in a very good visible location and easily accessible to a very busy road, it was always busy.
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/04/30 17:01:22
Peet's is a west coast company and Caribou started in Minneapolis. Peet's didn't buy Caribou. A German company bought both Peet's and Caribou. They evidently decided Peet's had a better brand name. Caribou always emitted a northwoods cabin atmosphere that probably doesn't relate well nationwide but did relate well in its root start in Minnesota. The Washington DC Caribous will be rebranded to Peet's. The Twin Cities Caribous will stay Caribou. They are also closing several non-performing or for various other reasons shops nationwide. There are over 80 Caribous in the Twin Cities and most all will stay open.
 
I didn't realize until just recently or I just didn't think it significant but I started taking my daily coffee break at the first Caribou in 1992 and did so for several years.
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/05/01 08:21:18
I enjoy Tully's also. Finally saw some K-cups at Randall's, other than that only had Tully's at Sea-Tac.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/05/01 08:49:37
I just returned from an extended weekend trip to Seattle.
I went to 8 different coffee houses including the regional chain Tully's.
I will be adding to my list when I find some time..


scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/05/01 11:24:47
The Coffee Houses Of The Faubourg Marigny Neighborhood In New Orleans
 
http://chowpapi.com/wordp...orhood-in-new-orleans/
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/05/01 13:24:33
Davydd
I didn't realize until just recently or I just didn't think it significant but I started taking my daily coffee break at the first Caribou in 1992 and did so for several years.

Was the first one the one on France down the road from Convention Grill?  I used to go to that one a lot from 1995 to 1997.  After that, I was mostly a Dunn Bros guy (I practically lived in the 6th and University Dunn Bros in 1998 and 1999, since my phone, and later my airport router, reached there from my apartment)
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/05/01 14:44:06
I thought the first Caribou was in the Gaviidae Center downtown Minneapolis. If not the first, it was the first downtown the year they started up.
 
Dunn Bros. is still viable in the Twin Cities. Most are franchised independent operations but the one signature thing they do is roast on premises. We have a nice Dunn Bros. in Excelsior, MN with a live music venue.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/05/08 08:21:13
The Bipartisan Cafe in Portland is a favorite. Good pie, political posters as decoration. Can't be beat.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/08/22 08:11:42
An update on some of the coffee houses listed
 
Aurora Coffee in Atlanta closed their Virginia Highlands location, however their Little Five Points Location is still open.
 
Common Grounds in Denver closed their original location and reopened at their roasting facility in a different neighborhood a short distance away. Their Lo Do location is still open.
 
I'll be updating the list shortly
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/08/22 08:26:29
mr chips

The Bipartisan Cafe in Portland is a favorite. Good pie, political posters as decoration. Can't be beat.


Mr. Chips

I looked at their menu and started to get nervous when they only offer a 16 oz as a large and then offer an in house "mug" (which I'll venture to guess is either 8 or 10 oz) with 50 cent refills (and I'm going to guess it only applies to one refill afterwhich they charge full price again)
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/08/23 00:14:18
I'm not a coffee expert by any means but I had a cup of Dutch Brothers last weekend and it was very good. But at $4 bucks a pop, it should be!
http://www.dutchbros.com/
Someone has recently bought the master franchise for the Phoenix area and these little drive thru's are popping up all over the Valley!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/08/25 20:05:52
added:
 
St James Espresso- Kirkland WA
 
Zoka Coffee- Kirkland WA
 
Cafe Rococco - Kirkland WA
 
Pasion Del Cielo- Coral Gables FL
 
Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters- Albuquerque NM
 
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added several more under "addendum" as well.
 
 
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/08/25 21:13:12
brisketboy

For a chain I find that the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf places serve a decent cup of coffee.

 
I second that.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/08/25 23:45:40
Foodbme

I'm not a coffee expert by any means but I had a cup of Dutch Brothers last weekend and it was very good. But at $4 bucks a pop, it should be!
http://www.dutchbros.com/
Someone has recently bought the master franchise for the Phoenix area and these little drive thru's are popping up all over the Valley!

Those boys are from up rogue valley way. Didn't know their empire was expanding that far. They support a lot of good causes. Real brothers and Dutch too. :)
Ken E
Junior Burger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/09/03 09:23:33
If you're ever back in Charlotte, make sure you try Not Just Coffee at the 7th Street Public Market.  My 2nd choice in Charlotte would be Central Coffee Co. Smelly Cat is good, but the other 2 are at another level.
 
Ken
 
p.s. After reading all the comments, it looks like you may not enjoy Not Just Coffee, which is a third wave pourover shop.  They make a mean Americano, though.  Central Coffee is not third wave.
post edited by Ken E - 2013/09/03 09:42:38
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/09/03 09:39:20
Ken E

If you're ever back in Charlotte, make sure you try Not Just Coffee at the 7th Street Public Market.  My 2nd choice in Charlotte would be Central Coffee Co. Smelly Cat is good, but the other 2 are at another level.

Ken

I checked info on "Not just Coffee"
My lists do not  include "pourover" - too expensive and too pretentious for my taste- as I usually ingest about 40 oz of coffee in the morning
Central coffee does offer drip- so that's on my list the next time I'm in Charlotte
 
On an aside I was relieved upon my last visit to Seattle that many of the coffee houses that previously changed to pourover or were only offering pourover are now offering drip as well( I guess they were losing too many customers like me who are "over 40")
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/09/03 21:41:18
added:
Hot Chocolate Sparrow- Orleans MA 
Ken E
Junior Burger
Re:My Favorite Coffee Houses 2013/09/04 22:50:55
Yeah, I saw that after the fact.  My first instinct is to go for quality.  To each his own, I guess.  Anyway, if I drank 40 oz of coffee in a single morning, I'm pretty sure my heart would stop.  
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