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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 8:13pm
Subject: Barista Parlor, Nashville, TN
 

I'm about a YEAR late in writing this, as between double cataract surgery, kids, trying to make a living, etc, well, you know.
Anyhow, establishment is, I believe about 2 years young now. Inside, it can openly be describe as "New/Contemporary Industrial." They converted a HUGE auto garage into a unique space. High tech gear everywhere, all in separate "stations." Not your conventional "Barista behind the single bar", no sir. There are several barista working on several different preparations of coffee simultaneously. The gorgeous Slayer has it's own spot, behind and to the side of a 6 or 8 setup of Hario Pour-over. A half dozen Baratza Varios for the Pour-over, giant Mazzer (as I remember) for espresso.  A syphon station is also present. There is this huge thing-a-ma-bob that drips coffee sssllloooowwwwllllyyyy for 24 hours to make iced coffee concentrate (the iced coffee is fantastic), and to "fuel it all, Andy, the owner installed a $50k water filtration system. (It could have cost more, just can't remember.)

I took photos of all this on my smart phone camera, but somehow all the pics look like they have a yellow tint.

Seating is on long benches, community style, but a patio is being built, and there are some more intimate seats around the perimeter of the establishment. Local eateries supply breakfast fixings, and there are sandwiches as well. Sweets are featured too, always baked by local specialty merchants, not store bought stuff. I didn't really explore this fully, as my focus was THE COFFEE!

And WHAT coffee it is!
In full disclosure I identified myself as an amateur, but a true Geek. About short 5 minutes later, I was served 3 different preparations, beautifully served on a nice wooden platter. All were prepared using the same bean, an El Salvador, I believe.
There was the straight double, a Hario cup, and a cortado.
The double went first. Gorgeous strawberry, with no hint of astringency, just magnificent.  The cortado maintained the berry, and added a caramel like thing I couldn't nail down, but who cares?
I finished with the Hario (black, no sugar), and it was refreshing.
This presentation would be HIGHLY recommended to any who wish to discover the potential in a truly specialty labeled coffee.

The staff was friendly, the crowd mellow, and the prices fair for perhaps the best coffee in Nashville.

Barista Parlor is a MUST for any coffee/espresso lover visiting Nashville. It is conveniently located in East Nashville, about 10-15 minutes from downtown and "Music Row"
http://www.baristaparlor.com

519B Gallatin, Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 712-9766




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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 11:49am
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I have to second Rob's recommendation that Barista Parlour is a "must visit" cafe.  I typically head to Nashville late summer for a few days, and last summer in trying to meet up with Rob, we settled on BP.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get our sh!t together, so we didn't actually meet up, but I dragged three of my friends there and we all thought it was fantastic!  In fact, I made my buddy who was putting me up take me over there for another cappa in the morning before he dropped me off at the airport, which was a bit of a hike, as he lives over in Lebanon (ie, the trip to BP from his house was about twice as far as the airport). On Rob's recommendation, I asked for Andy upon entering the place and in our brief conversation identified myself as a fellow CGer....and requested he make for me and my friends what he made for Rob.  I don't recall what they had on that day, but the Hario tasted like a cup of blueberries.  The trio was truly spectacular.  I had a couple of photos of the trio on my blackberry, which I hope I had downloaded to my PC before I upgraded my phone.  If I can find them, I'll upload one.

I found the photo of the trio...

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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 5:54pm
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Thanks for this recommendation. Will definitely visit this cafe when I got to visit Nashville.

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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 6:23pm
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Fantastic cafe. It just celebrated its one year anniversary a couple of weeks ago. Had a straight double and V60 of El Salvador when I visited. Delicious! And that Slayer is beautiful!
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Posted Thu Oct 3, 2013, 8:37am
Subject: Re: Barista Parlor, Nashville, TN
 

I glad y'all lovin this place. It is, IMO the best in Nashville. Any way you want it, they can do it.
What is cool is that no matter your taste, they will have a coffee among the (usually) 4 offerings that will please you.
There is only GREAT attitude from the folks preparing the coffees. One of the fellows I believe was a big shot at Prima Coffee, the online vendor.

I'm just waiting for one of you outta town lugs to contact me with an invitation I can't refuse! ;>D

Get your butts out/down/up here.

RJ

 
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