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mgalli
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2007, 9:18am
Subject: Chico, California
 

My favorite café in Chico, California is Empire Café.  They are hands down the best around.  All their coffee comes from Barefoot Coffee Roasters in Santa Clara, Ca.  The espresso is Element 114 (a Barefoot Blend).

Empire is a new café and has only been in Chico for two months.  Empire Café truly believes in producing quality coffee.  They brew their coffee using a press pot (French Press).  I don’t know of any other café that does this.  It’s very impressive that they take the time to use a press pot.  It shows how serious they are about the coffee they serve.  The current baristas know how to pull shots.  I hope that continues when they hire other employees as their business grows.  

I purchase roasted coffee beans from them on a regular basis.  The beans are freshly roasted.  Barefoot labels their beans with a roasted date.

I am posting this information because I always struggle to find a café that I can palate when I leave the area.  Coffee Geek has educated me on what coffee and espresso should truly taste like.  I have used this forum to locate other cafés when traveling out of the area.  I hope this posting will help fellow CG members.

Empire Café is located next to the Chico Art Center at the train stain.  The address is 434 Orange Street, Chico.  The café is actually located inside an old train car parked in front of the train station.

I feel very fortunate to have this new café in my town.  Empire Café is currently providing Chico with world class coffee.  This is amazing for the smaller Chico community located in the northern Sacramento Valley surrounded by agricultural lands.
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2007, 7:38pm
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

hey great!  my girlfriend has family in chico, and i've long hoped for a good café to sprout up somewheres 'round theres.  i'll definitely look them up soon!

harry.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 20, 2007, 10:14pm
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

thats Lucky's shop! I've been dyin to go there, but I dont have a car...bummer. But apparently they're awesome. and Lucky's ok to. BURN

 
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2007, 11:39pm
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

the lucky?!  as in temple barista and usbc aught-seven semi-finalist?  wow, i'm totally out of the sacramento loop down here -- very cool.

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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2007, 1:40am
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

Yes Lucky,
He's doing his own thing now in a pretty pimp location. I definitely went to his place a lot for good french pressed coffee before I moved to help open Verve Coffee. Element 114 isn't so bad either. Mad props to him for puttin in continuous million hour weeks in a train car. I think he makes great coffee and since he's almost always there, it's guaranteed good. To be honest Naked Lounge on 2nd st is pretty great too. Has an atmosphere that's pretty nice as well, good art, latte art, couches and bohemian feel. People definitely take pride in the coffee they make there. Also worth checking out...not that I have any pride in a place I used to work=) Still. I would say you could get good coffee in two places in Chico.
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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2007, 1:20pm
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

Jtrubaca Said:

Yes Lucky, he's doing his own thing now in a pretty pimp location....To be honest Naked Lounge on 2nd st is pretty great too.

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hey, good for lucky!  i'm very excited to check it out now.  chico's actually a neat town.  naked (in sacramento) was actually the first good coffee i'd ever had (with repeatable results).  it isn't what i'd call amazing or life-changing, but still, it was the first spot where i could have a cappuccino and not be left craving a syrup or tons of milk.  once temple opened up...that was my wow moment.

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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2007, 4:09pm
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

The Naked in Sac is good, but it does not have the same owner as the Chico Ca. location. I definitely feel you though=)
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Posted Mon Nov 26, 2007, 10:08pm
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

The Naked Lounge is currently going through some major changes.  I have been told they are going to change their name to something like "Speed Kitty."  I am not sure if this name is finalized.  Since I am not a fan of Methamphetamines, I do not particularly care for this name.  Many of their customers probably will not mine.  

They are changing their name because they are no longer going to be serving "Naked Coffee."  They are planning on roasting their own coffee beans.  I am quite excited about this change.  The baristas at the Lounge take pride in making good espresso.  They pull shots using proper techniques. The Lounge and Empire are the only two cafes in Chico that I know which use proper techniques.  Once they get a different supply of coffee beans, it will be a huge improvement over the current coffee.  I am looking forward to the change.
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2007, 1:24pm
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

I definitely know that Naked Lounges name will not be Speed Kitty, or anything ridiculous like that.
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007, 1:00am
Subject: Re: Chico, California
 

mgalli Said:

The Lounge and Empire are the only two cafes in Chico that I know which use proper techniques. .

Posted November 26, 2007 link

what is(are) this(these) technique(s) you're talking about?

 
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