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Posted Fri Jan 7, 2005, 6:40pm
Subject: Recommendations for Lake Tahoe
 

Hi - I'm visiting Tahoe and Squaw Valley for a couple of weeks.
Has any CG got a recommendation for espresso places?
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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2005, 10:22am
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You have got to check out
Alpen Sierra

I think they have a couple of locations... but I have only ever seen their first little shop which is on the South Shore.
Many places around town serve their coffee, tho.
The green buyer is one of the most clever guys in the business.
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Posted Tue Jan 11, 2005, 7:31am
Subject: Re: Recommendations for Lake Tahoe
 

This last August we spent a week at the Marriott Grand Residence at South Lake Tahoe.  The rest of my family are late sleepers, so I spent mornings foraging around for decent coffee.  Easily the best was at this little wraps place-sorry, can't remember the name-right in the complex; if you face the main entrance to the hotel (I think it's off Heavenly Village Way, across from a shopping center and a Starbucks, on the opposite side of the building from the gondola), the shop is just a couple of doors to your right.  It's run by a guy (kid, really) and his wife that are fanatical about coffee.  He told me a story one morning about the time he and his wife were traveling, and she was so horrified by the espresso she was seeing prepared at one stop that she jumped behind the counter and gave a lesson on the spot!  

They have a sweet two-group Rancilio Epoca (how lame is that?  I can't remember the name of the place, or the proprietor, but I remember the machine).  Don't blow the place off because it's a sandwich shop; the espresso is great, and the food is really good too.  That said, these small businesses tend to come and go, and if ownership has changed your experience might be totally different.  There are other espresso shops in the area, but in my experience they weren't as good.

If you stop by, let me know how it was.
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Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005, 11:31pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for Lake Tahoe
 

bobbyque Said:

Easily the best was at this little wraps place-sorry, can't remember the name-right in the complex.

Posted January 11, 2005 link

I've been there too during Labor Day weekend 2004. The place is called The Wrap House and they use Torrefazione Italia espresso beans (actually not a good sign). It was like, "this is weird, they use extreme care tamping the grounds and pulling the 2oz double espresso, in Lake Tahoe?, and this is not even a traditional coffee house!?". I had a nice 4oz machiato from them. Not in the same league as top quality coffee houses in Seattle though.

Avoid Wildman Coffee like the plague. They are also located in the Heavenly Village complex.
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Posted Sat Dec 19, 2009, 10:13pm
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Bump...any current information on legit espresso cafes in South Lake Tahoe?  I'm going there in a couple days...would love a respectable espresso before I hit the slopes.

Thanks!!
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Posted Mon Dec 21, 2009, 1:17am
Subject: Re: Recommendations for Lake Tahoe
 

Sorry, there are none in SLT.

If you are flying into Reno, "The Hub Coffee Co" on Cheyney St. is the real deal. They are currently pulling Intelly's Black Cat.
Enjoy the crap tons of new snow we got last week! :-)

 
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Posted Wed Jul 7, 2010, 1:58am
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I was in Lake Tahoe over the fourth of July weekend, and got to visit and walk around the pretty town of Truckee, and there I found.....

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Posted Wed Jul 7, 2010, 1:59am
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.......Elijah Bleuís coffee house in Truckee, located ~10 miles north of Squaw Valley, and the coffee house opened in November 2009. Elijah Bleuís is located in the historic railroad Loading Dock building. While I was there I saw the Amtrak train from Chicago to Oakland passing by. The sign inside the coffee house shows that they serve exclusively Blue Bottle coffee, but thatís a spin because thatís not special, itís just the way Blue Bottle does business. I asked the barista what blend he used to pull espressos and he told me that he didnít know. Asked some more and found out it was Blue Bottle Hayes Valley. Ordered a double espresso, which according to the barista was two pulls, so really a quad. So I ordered a single espresso to get a single double. They use a naked PF to pull espressos on a La Marzocco FB80. Looks like some channel spray going on, but this Hayes Valley espresso still tasted pretty good.

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Posted Wed Jul 7, 2010, 1:59am
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I ordered a second Blue Bottle Hayes Valley espresso which turned out better. Good shot! I visited Elijah Bleuís twice over the long weekend and I enjoyed the Blue Bottle Hayes Valley shots I got. http://elijahbleus.com/

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Posted Wed Sep 1, 2010, 11:27pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for Lake Tahoe
 

Great. Thanks for the info Gary. Can't wait to check out Elijah Bleu when I head over to Tahoe tomorrow. Finally a place to get decent coffee, so that I don't have to bring my java gear anymore.
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