This coffee place deserves its own post within this Baltimore coffee thread. The place is called City Cafe 1001 Cathedral St., cross street Eager St. It is near Tribeca (above). This place is arranged as a large dining area and a small, cafe-like dining area connected by a wide open hallway. There are two bars, one in each end. Each bar has multiple taps for high-end brews, if you are interested. The smaller bar has a Malkonig K-30 twin and Simonelli (as I recall) and a talented barista named Matt. I met him at the Artifact coffee cupping two weeks ago (see post above). When I walked into City Cafe four months ago, there was no Matt and they were pulling Zeke's coffee, which is why you did not see this post before. Today, Matt was pulling Thaddeus espresso blend from Square One roasters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The shot had a cinnamon, fruity nose and the first sip was citrus and minerally. The second sip was citrus and cinnamon, which stayed through the third sip. A good cup. I complained to Matt that Square One charges 6.95 to ship their 12 oz bags (whine, whine, whine, grumble) and he pulled out some Square One Kenya Matetani (sundried), which he sold to me. This was everyones favorite from the cupping and it was nice of him to let go of his last partial bag. Then he started pulling out bags of Square One House Blend, Ethiopean Yirg, and Intelligentsia. I passed on 'telly but I bought more Square One. Matt was like a magician pulling rabbits out of his hat nonstop. He has a lot of passion for coffee and it shows. Stop by City Cafe while Matt is there and they are still buying the good stuff. You know how cafes are - who knows how long it will last? TJS
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