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slandau6
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 8:50am
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Headed to New Orleans over Thanksgiving. Any coffee geeks out there know of some places I should try when I'm there? Not expecting to find Vivace-quality establishments. Just looking for a place with a local vibe and well-trained baristi who can pull short, tasty shots. Thanks!
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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:07pm
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I was in New Orleans earlier this year and the best espresso I had by far was at La Divina.  They're on St. Peter St. about a block off Jackson Square (and I think they have another shop in the Garden District).  

A lot of people looking for espresso don't notice them because they're known and advertised as a gelateria and they don't show up on the lists for coffee shops.  The shots I had there were carefully made by a barista who clearly knew what she was doing.  I may not remember correctly, but I think they were running a three-group Linea.  It was good enough that I returned a couple times.  

BTW, their gelato was very, very good.  They had a "Scura" chocolate that was made with first-rate dark chocolate and gianduija, and I believe there was also a particularly good bourbon-toffee gelato too - plus many, many others.  Definitely worth trying out.  Have a great trip!
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slandau6
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 3:58pm
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Thanks for the tip, TonyVan! Will definitely check out La Divina, for both coffee and gelato.
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 3:19pm
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Throw A Cupcake/Velvet Espresso is great!  On Magazine Street.
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Roland
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Posted Thu May 23, 2013, 6:44pm
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Spitfire Espresso Bar, 627 St Peter St
Best espresso I had in New Orleans. La Divina (next door) was disappointing, green-haired lady was obviously new to espresso and did not know how to handle the machine.
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