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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 9:58am
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Check out the Coffee Guru app for iOS. I've used it when traveling and have found it to be very helpful.
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 10:12am
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It's $2...I know, not much but, before I spend the cash would you mind looking at yours to see if the following cafes are listed?

Cafe 1389- Central Square 20 min
Dwell Time - Central Square 30 min
Area 4 - Kendall Square 20 min
Voltage Cafe Kendall Square 30 min
Simon's Cafe Porter Square 40 min


I'd really appreciate it, as I'll be heading to Cambridge in a little over a week.

 
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 10:23am
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dana_leighton Said:

http://espressomap.com

Posted September 23, 2013 link

This seems like a decent app, but there are some SERIOUS gaps in their radar. I suppose no app will really be complete, so it's not a bad tool.

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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 10:26am
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emradguy Said:

It's $2...I know, not much but, before I spend the cash would you mind looking at yours to see if the following cafes are listed?

Cafe 1389- Central Square 20 min
Dwell Time - Central Square 30 min
Area 4 - Kendall Square 20 min
Voltage Cafe Kendall Square 30 min
Simon's Cafe Porter Square 40 min


I'd really appreciate it, as I'll be heading to Cambridge in a little over a week.

Posted September 25, 2013 link

Can you give me a zip code to search? Are you talking Cambridge, MA? If so, Voltage, Area Four, and Simon's, showed up, as well as a Cafe 1369. There are quite a bit more as well, but I searched the entire city of Cambridge.
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 11:20am
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emradguy Said:

It's $2...I know, not much but, before I spend the cash would you mind looking at yours to see if the following cafes are listed?

Cafe 1389- Central Square 20 min
Dwell Time - Central Square 30 min
Area 4 - Kendall Square 20 min
Voltage Cafe Kendall Square 30 min
Simon's Cafe Porter Square 40 min


I'd really appreciate it, as I'll be heading to Cambridge in a little over a week.

Posted September 25, 2013 link

First of all, the hijacking was fine.  Second, regarding the Coffee Guru app I briefly mentioned it in my first post.  I have it and it is worth the two bucks (just because it saved me from wasting more than that on occasion but it has a lot of bad places listed too.  I like the idea of senior members reviewing places but I also want a lot of users.  That was why I was thinking something where you have to pass a short test to be able to post and vote.  Quiz question examples below.

Q1. How long is roasted coffee generally good for?

  1. Until the best by date
  2. for 3-5 days
  3. 2-4 weeks
  4. 3 Months

Q2. What type of coffee are you most likely to buy?

  1. French Roast
  2. Dark Roast
  3. SO light roast etc.


Maybe 5 questions just to check that the person is coming from the same place as most of us.  Then, once you pass you can add shops and vote shops up or down.  If a shop gets below a certain rating or drops significantly it can be flagged for review by senior members/ mods.

The coffee guru app has some good ideas but fails to recognize Charbucks wannabes and shops the poorly execute. It also suffers from lack of contributors.  Like I said, worth 2 bucks but not the solution.
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 11:34am
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Wow, completely missed that you mentioned CoffeeGuru in your original post. Sorry to duplicate. I totally agree. Lack of users is the biggest downside. But even though it includes less than quality shops, I at least like that it has most of the good ones in the database too.
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 11:43am
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tglodjo Said:

Wow, completely missed that you mentioned CoffeeGuru in your original post. Sorry to duplicate. I totally agree. Lack of users is the biggest downside. But even though it includes less than quality shops, I at least like that it has most of the good ones in the database too.

Posted September 25, 2013 link

I live in a fairly good area for coffee; the broader San Francisco bay area, and I agree that it has most of the well known ones and I have added about 10 to it myself to give it the lesser known places as well but before I added those it only had the big boys (Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, Sightglass etc.)  I had to add the many other local shops that are excellent in their own way.  I now consider the app ok for my area because of me but not so for other areas that I travel too.  I frequently arrive in a city, check the app, find nothing, check coffee geek or HB or Google etc., find a shop after 30 mins of searching on my phone, go to the shop, its either good or bad, if its good I end up adding it.  I never really find new shops with it.  I found the app when Gizmodo did a feature on it and I hoped that it would be good but it has been a disappointment.  I still use it and contribute and like I said, it is worth 2 bucks but I still hope for something better.

*note, I typed that fast so I hope it made sense

*edit, I reread my post and fixed some major errors.  Sorry if you tried to read it before.
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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 11:11am
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http://espressomap.com/  

The reviews for Portland or are old and I believe some of the shops listed are out of date.  I have tried to do a google map of what I found but I think we should do something this for this site.   An open map that members add the coffee shops to as they find them listing the equipment and roasts and barista level of skill noted.  He is just using google maps and embedding it in the page.

 
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Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 12:01pm
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Don't just map America! I travel to go scuba diving and finding that one conscientiously great espresso shop is even harder to find. So please add Paperman's on Grand Cayman to your map! Anyone know of a great espresso place ANYWHERE on Maui (espresso, not drip coffee).

And by the by, Yelp is so hit and miss as to make it worthless. Was recently in Anchorage at a highly recommended shop and I walked out the door, tasted the dbl shot and dumped it in the street.
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Posted Mon Sep 30, 2013, 11:06am
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MAREC Said:

Don't just map America! I travel to go scuba diving and finding that one conscientiously great espresso shop is even harder to find. So please add Paperman's on Grand Cayman to your map! Anyone know of a great espresso place ANYWHERE on Maui (espresso, not drip coffee).

And by the by, Yelp is so hit and miss as to make it worthless. Was recently in Anchorage at a highly recommended shop and I walked out the door, tasted the dbl shot and dumped it in the street.

Posted September 29, 2013 link

I agree that it should be as international as possible if we are creating from scratch.  I was hoping to find an app or list that already does what I want and for me personally only California is important to me.  I hope somebody takes this idea and makes it work.  If it was truly filled with only good recommendations I would pay up to $10 for an app like that (although I'm sure others wouldn't).  Free would be fantastic but I would take what I could get.
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