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Posted Thu Sep 2, 2010, 1:46am
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wenus2 Said:

If you are flying into Reno, "The Hub Coffee Co" on Cheyney St. is the real deal.

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I was driving through Reno on my way to Yellowstone and stopped by The Hub. Love the cute brick building. Unfortunately they were not pulling shots with Barefoot coffee beans that day, but I did have this Ecco espresso which had some dark chocolate and fruit flavors but had low body and the shot was too acidic for me.

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Posted Thu Sep 2, 2010, 1:47am
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Latte (Ecco espresso) at The Hub was so very smooth with a nice milk taste. Just sit down in the corner, relax and enjoy that latte. Ahh, that was good!

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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 10:25am
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Unfortunately, Elijah Blues in Truckee is now out of business.  They served decent coffee and good breakfasts.

On the bright side, Trokay Restaurant in Truckee serves Blue Bottle from a La Marzocco and Robur grinder.  My wife and I had cappuccinos there, which we enjoyed. The barista seemed knowledgeable and friendly too.  They also have a pour over bar which we didn't try, but looked promising.  Unfortunately, they're only open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then they close until 5 p.m., when they reopen for dinner.  So if you're looking for good coffee before 11 a.m., you're on your own.

As an aside, we almost ate dinner here too, but were somewhat put off by the high prices and exotic menu.  It's probably delicious, but we weren't really in the mood to spend $80 - $130 per person on dinner, before wine.

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Posted Sat Oct 19, 2013, 9:09pm
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Trokay is awesome for espresso drinks and they also have pour-over, siphon, and drip pot -- each done very well.  The baristas (especially Casey) are perfectionists with all of their coffee brewing methods, have excellent beans, and top-notch equipment.  Their dinner is ranked the top #1 or #2 in Truckee on food review sites, and is expensive.  HOWEVER, as of November 1, 2013, they are only open for dinner -- putting a serious damper on many a Coffeegeek excursion.

Another espresso place in Truckee is CoffeeBar on 10120 Jibboom street (one block behind main street, about two blocks from Trokay).  Coffee Bar's espresso is roasted in Reno and their beans (and the cafe) have an Italian slant -- the espresso is less fruity and more bitter than Blue Bottle beans, but not burnt like Peets/Starbucks.  Coffeebar has a great selection of pastries, sandwiches, and gelato, and they added (interesting) beer and wine earlier this year.  Coffee Bar is open in the morning and throughout the day and evening.

[edited to update that Trokay is now only open for dinner.]
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