The other Portland has some pretty good coffee roasters coming up, too. On a recent trip to Maine, we enjoyed a sonnet-worthy cup at Bard Coffee, a small indie that's caffeinating the city's Old Port one handcrafted cup at a time.
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The experiment is an interesting one which seeks to formalize the concept of the "regular" cafe patron, within an unusual setting. For $25 a month, members of the cafe are entitled to free coffee daily—that's brewed coffee, cappuccino, espresso, you name it (and name it as many times a day as you like)—from their full-service coffeebar.
Though the continually expanding New York City coffee scene is often made up of newcomers, it's also natural for existing shops to replicate themselves in other parts of town. What's not always natural is for them to outdo themselves tenfold.
As hand-crafted coffee becomes increasingly prevalent, those of us with a taste for the good stuff seemingly spend more time waiting around for it. But is there a limit to how long we'll wait for quality?
This funky, independent Austin coffee shop keeps in tune with the so-called Live Music Capital of the World with its quirky, upbeat focus on community, coffee, and, above all else, quality.
Savvy eaters know that discovering great restaurants sometimes means following the best chefs after hours. But while Eric Ripert can turn a late-night-snack spot into an overnight sensation, would you trail your favorite top-notch barista to their go-to cafe after they finish a shift? Three baristas share their favorite spots.
The first Starbucks location at Pike Place Market in Seattle (opened in 1971) is special and all, but it's the one-year-old location a few blocks away that really rocks. It has more seating, "stay-in" ceramic mugs, and most importantly, a Clover brewing system.
It might be the largest Starbucks I've ever seen—or at least it appeared to be. As the first LEED-certified store in the company, the intention is to pave the way for future locations. In typical down-home coffee shop style, they offer drinks "to stay." No prices on the menu board means you should come with at least five dollars and cross your fingers. Employees encourage a cup of Clover-crafted coffee, made with small batch beans ground to order and miraculously prepared to enhance the flavor profile.