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oli400
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 6:11am
Subject: coffeehouse guide
 

Hi there fellow addicts, here's a post from Amsterdam.
Being Dutch, I'm new to coffeegeak.com, so I'm not entirely sure if this is the right forum for my question.
Anyway, we'll see.

Here's the story: whenever I'm abroad, I seem to spend too much wasted time on trying to find that one superb espresso.
So my question to all you experts: is there anything like a comprehensive guide to coffeehouses around the globe?

I don't mean Starbucks and the like - I mean the small, dedicated good-vibe ones, where the moment you walk in you know you're in for a treat.
Where your eyes immediately get caught by that shiny and clean mean espresso machine.
Where the familiar sound of the grinding beans makes you feel at home straight away.
Where they have one of those cramped message boards with an over-enthusiastic abundance of massage- and yoga offerings.
Where somehow everyone owns a macbook, and windows-users seem to be banned from the cafe.
Where.... well, I guess you get the idea.

Does anyone know a website perhaps, or an app?
The ones I found are quite limited, or just present an overview of every single coffee serving establishment around, listing many places I would rather avoid.

Any feedback would be most welcome!

Thanks and have a great day (or night, depending on where you are),
Oliver
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 6:21am
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Welcome to the board.
I think part of the reason that such a list is hard to find is that coffee shops go into and out of business fairly quickly and keeping up such a list would be very hard to do.

As an aside, your description of the atmosphere is not some place that I would like to be.
Where they have one of those cramped message boards with an over-enthusiastic abundance of massage- and yoga offerings.
Where somehow everyone owns a macbook, and windows-users seem to be banned from the cafe.


I detest Mac or "I" anything and I really have no desire to attend anything yoga. Just saying YMMV!

 
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Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 7:52am
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calblacksmith Said:

I detest Mac or "I" anything and I really have no desire to attend anything yoga. Just saying YMMV!

Posted September 19, 2012 link

Note to self: leave computers at home when visiting Wayne.
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oli400
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 7:55am
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Yeah well, I know what you mean, and I was actually being somewhat cynical but perhaps didn't express this well, being Dutch and all..
And yes, life without 'I' is great! But that's a different story.

Anyway, thanks for your reply, and if anyone else knows any kind of coffeehouse-directory, that would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 9:12am
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http://www.espressomap.com/
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 10:43am
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GVDub Said:

Note to self: leave computers at home when visiting Wayne.

Posted September 19, 2012 link

~! George, I have no problems with someone ELSE owning and using them, buy what you like and what works for you!

It is the whole attitude that the company has, not the users. I am more "free market" and "open source" and the mac/apple/I* is more of a big government, do it my way kind of thing. YMMV!

I don't want this going political, that was not my intent, never mind, sorry I said anything. Go about your lives, there is nothing to see here.

Back to the OP, like I said, the problem is that this is a very dynamic market kind of thing and by the time a list is made, it is out of date. There are larger chains in the U.S. that you can more or less depend on being good as they have been around for a while but I have seen good shops go out of business due to lack of traffic, for whatever reason, location whatever.

Then there are the chains that are large and of moderate quality at best but they are everywhere and they sell the image of quality drinks (green aprons anyone?)

 
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 11:12am
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Coffeehouses that have roasters are a good place to start.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 11:50am
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Wayne,

I started in assembly and APL on a 360 mainframe in the early '70s. I've "rolled my own" on more than one occasion, so I fully understand where you're coming from.
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012, 11:53pm
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Okay, thanks for the maps, and everybody feel free to add more!
I came across this book, for those living on your west coast: Left Coast Roast: A Guide to the Best Coffee and Roasters from San Francisco to Seattle
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Posted Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:48am
Subject: Re: coffeehouse guide
 

This is the map I am working for myself.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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