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Posted Mon Jul 27, 2009, 10:09am
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La Prima is more about atmosphere. Their roster is basically across the street from 21st Coffee and Tea. They also have a showroom for espresso machines.

Has Matt's new place in Lawerenceville opened yet? If so it should be about 1.5miles from La Prima. Voluto is probably about the same distance away as well. A long walk but a short easy car drive to either of them.

Since you're downtown get on the Trolley (also called "the T") and come out to Mt. Lebanon and hit Aldo's. They're right next to the T stop here in Mt Lebaonon.
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Posted Mon Jul 27, 2009, 12:34pm
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I really enjoyed spending time in Pittsburgh.  I read this thread before going, and decided to try La Prima and 21st Coffee in the strip on a Saturday. I really enjoyed my latte at 21st street coffee

Thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed Pittsburgh and our coffee.  You never know if you can believe what you read on the internet :)

BTW CG's, today is 2 years since we moved to the corner location in the Strip.  That went by fast.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 28, 2009, 7:31am
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Hi Steve/Bluesman13 - Your daughter has chosen a fine institution. Point Park is a growing, well-respected educational presence here. My brother graduated from there in 1983, and he still happily utilizes his degree skills in his job as a corporate writer for a local company. The school has changed tremendously since my brother attended, and I think that it's a much more student-friendly and vibrant school these days.

As for coffee, well, if you're driving to Pittsburgh, you can get in your car from Point Park U., go through the Liberty Tunnel from downtown, head south on Rt. 19, and in 8-10 miles, enjoy Pittsburgh's best coffeehouse (as voted by readers of the Post-Gazette this year and last, as well as Pittsburgh Magazine 2007). We serve Counter Culture coffee, Capogiro Gelato (a Bon Appetit Magazine top 10 ice cream), and homemade baked goods, quiche and wraps. Heck, we're only about a mile south of Aldo's, so if you're in your car anyway, you might as well check out both shops. We've been here longer than everyone that's usually mentioned on this site (5 1/2 years) except for La Prima and Tazza d'Oro, and there are plenty of good reasons for our longevity.

We hope to meet you soon, Steve.

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Posted Tue Jul 28, 2009, 7:44am
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bluehorse Said:

Hi Steve/Bluesman13 - Your daughter has chosen a fine institution. Point Park is a growing, well-respected educational presence here. My brother graduated from there in 1983, and he still happily utilizes his degree skills in his job as a corporate writer for a local company. The school has changed tremendously since my brother attended, and I think that it's a much more student-friendly and vibrant school these days.

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We've had several PPU students work for us over the years- seems like a great school with quality kids.  I'd hire more if we had openings :)

As for coffee, well, if you're driving to Pittsburgh, you can get in your car from Point Park U., go through the Liberty Tunnel from downtown, head south on Rt. 19, and in 8-10 miles, enjoy Pittsburgh's best coffeehouse (as voted by readers of the Post-Gazette this year and last, as well as Pittsburgh Magazine 2007). We serve Counter Culture coffee, Capogiro Gelato (a Bon Appetit Magazine top 10 ice cream), and homemade baked goods, quiche and wraps. Heck, we're only about a mile south of Aldo's, so if you're in your car anyway, you might as well check out both shops. We've been here longer than everyone that's usually mentioned on this site (5 1/2 years) except for La Prima and Tazza d'Oro, and there are plenty of good reasons for our longevity.

We hope to meet you soon, Steve.

Thanks,
Melissa

I have had really good experiences the several times I've been to Blue Horse (don't get out much).  Espresso is done right, and the place is comfy and spacious.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but they are Counter Culture's original Pennsylvania customer.  They host cuppings, the baristas have competed multiple times, and they're all nice people to boot.  And yeah, they've been doing this for a while :)

 
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Posted Thu Jul 30, 2009, 9:57am
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the_coffee_nazi Said:

My latte at La Prima was served in a glass, with a thick head of over-steamed milk.  I loved the atmosphere though, with the tables outside,  lots of older men talking, playing cards, etc  - looked liked regulars.  It appeared that they used their own roast for the espresso.  

Posted July 27, 2009 link

To be fair, LP is a traditional Italian stand-up bar and as such, serving latte in a glass in not unusual.  A number of "better" shops do the same, though not in Pgh and with good microfoam. At LP short drinks are what you want to order.

the_coffee_nazi Said:

Since I'm returning again at the end of Aug, and will be visiting on occasion,  are there any other places that I should try (not to far from downtown)?  

Steve

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21st has a location in the Frick Bldg.  There's a new standup bar called Asylum that should be open by your next trip - it's a bit out of downtown, about 7 blocks east of Duquense in the "Uptown" area.  Went to a pre-opening there and the shots I had were very good.  Otherwise hard to recommend espresso in the downtown area, but admittedly we haven't tried everything down there in awhile.  Voluto, Espresso al Mano and Tazza d'Oro would be on any short list if you're exploring the city.

If you do come to the burbs in Mt. Lebanon, we strongly suggest also visiting Il Pizzaolo for a DOC Margherita pizza.
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Posted Thu Jul 30, 2009, 4:19pm
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Last time I was in PGH, I was disappointed to find that very few shops seem to be open after the dinner hour.  Is there anything good open after 7:00 PM that's not too far from Coraopolis?

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Posted Thu Jul 30, 2009, 4:40pm
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The fact is that very few people can be found in downtown Pittsburgh after 5pm (they're mostly in their cars headed home), so that's why we close at 4pm.  Because everything closes early, there is nothing to do so people leave.  Hopefully as more people move into downtown this will change.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 30, 2009, 6:41pm
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21streetcoffee Said:

The fact is that very few people can be found in downtown Pittsburgh after 5pm (they're mostly in their cars headed home), so that's why we close at 4pm.  Because everything closes early, there is nothing to do so people leave.  Hopefully as more people move into downtown this will change.

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Yes, that's a no-brainer. ;)  Last time I visited, I saw EXACTLY what you're talking about.  I'm wondering what IS still open that's good--not necessarily downtown.  When I'm there, it's on business.  I don't get much free time during the work day, but after work, I'd love to find a place for coffee.

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Posted Fri Jul 31, 2009, 6:35am
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JR - Tazza d'Oro in Highland Park is usually open until 9 or 10pm.  Great coffee from Verve, great staff, great atmosphere in a neighborhood that really supports the shop.

Big Dog on the Southside (27th and Sarah) is also open until 10pm. They serve Intelligentsia. Great ambience over there as well.

Various shops in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill are also open late.
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Posted Fri Jul 31, 2009, 6:38pm
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AldoCoffee Said:

JR - Tazza d'Oro in Highland Park is usually open until 9 or 10pm.  Great coffee from Verve, great staff, great atmosphere in a neighborhood that really supports the shop.

Big Dog on the Southside (27th and Sarah) is also open until 10pm. They serve Intelligentsia. Great ambience over there as well.

Various shops in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill are also open late.

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Thanks!  Next stop: Google Maps!

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