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Posted Wed May 7, 2008, 1:16pm
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Coffee People at PDX was ok when I tried it.  The problem with most airport coffee shops is that the "mano" is pretty much taken out of the equation since the baristas there are usually not trained very well at all...even less so than the average non-airport barista it seems.

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Posted Tue Oct 29, 2013, 8:55pm
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Dredging up this old thread to post about espresso at Seattle-Tacoma airport (SEATAC). I was traveling through concourse C Sunday when I spied a paddle-group La Marzocco in a coffee kiosk (takes a CoffeeGeek to spot a LM in a crowded airport terminal).

Anyway, it is part of the Beecher's cheese shop (excellent sandwiches by the way). I am not sure if it is run by Beecher's or by Caffé Vita, but they brew Caffé Vita coffee. This morning I stopped in. The double shot I had was a comfort blend, deep dark chocolate and cherry. The sweetness intensified as the shot cooled. The barista apologized for stopping it about a second early, but it was really excellent.

Highly recommended - SEA terminal C gate C6

 
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Posted Thu Oct 31, 2013, 1:48pm
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Klatch opened recently in LAX, though I have not tried it.
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Posted Fri Nov 1, 2013, 7:29am
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Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor (PHX) in Phoenix is becoming a coffee and food goldmine for the traveler.  

For coffee, Cartel has a spot with their typical LM Strada setup, pulling their locally roasted SO varieties in addition to v60, aeropress, and I think I saw a chemex.  Lola, another Phoenix roaster also has a stand, but I have yet to visit that side of the terminal.  Press Coffee, out of North Scottsdale also has a location in terminal 4, although it typically swamped, it will still get you a far better drink than the starbucks or peets options available.  

As a side note: some really good local restaurants in the valley now have locations in terminal 4 as well, and the airport is working to expand that concept to other terminals moving forward.  I didn't think I'd see the day when I skip my morning coffee and breakfast knowing I can get good espresso and will have a tough time (in a good way) choosing which restaurant to eat from.
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Posted Fri Nov 1, 2013, 5:50pm
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johnnyb3 Said:

Klatch opened recently in LAX, though I have not tried it.

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I reviewed the Klatch LAX location back in February - shortly after they opened. It was disappointing, but not awful...definitely not up to Klatch standards. My conversation with the barista (before she made my drink) was basically me: We're you trained by Heather? her: Yes?  me: Me too!  So I was expecting it to be better. I haven't been to LA since, so I don't know if it has improved. I'm hoping that Mike and Heather have cracked the whip and the location has stepped it up a couple of notches. If I get a chance, I'll stop by later this month. I'll be changing planes in the United terminal (where they are) on my way to and from my brother's house for T-giving.

 
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Posted Fri Nov 1, 2013, 7:20pm
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Last time that I flew through Phoenix, I saw (but did not have time to stop at due to an exceedingly short layover) a place called Press Coffee that was using what looked to be a Slayer machine. I looked up the shop after the fact, and it appears to be an outpost of a roaster in Phoenix by the same name. So at least the beans are probably ~fresh.
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 7:13pm
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I got a chance to try both Press Coffee and Cartel Coffee Lab on a long layover in terminal 4 of the Phoenix airport.  I recommend Cartel's airport location over the Press's location in the airport based on service, atmosphere, and taste of the coffee.  It didn't help that the espresso that Press was serving was pulled into paper cups instead of ceramic either.

I would like to get a chance to check out Press's and Cartel's non-airport locations, but for the airport trade, Cartel takes it in PHX.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 7:43pm
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When I was there last year, I enjoyed the coffee at Cartel a lot. The location I was at was way too young, LOL, right next to campus.

Not that this is about airport coffee.

I have noticed, in general, that it's getting better though. I was happy to see CBTL replacing *$ but the ones mentioned above are better yet.

 
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Posted Sun Dec 1, 2013, 9:39pm
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emradguy Said:

I reviewed the Klatch LAX location back in February - shortly after they opened. It was disappointing, but not awful...definitely not up to Klatch standards. My conversation with the barista (before she made my drink) was basically me: We're you trained by Heather? her: Yes?  me: Me too!  So I was expecting it to be better. I haven't been to LA since, so I don't know if it has improved. I'm hoping that Mike and Heather have cracked the whip and the location has stepped it up a couple of notches. If I get a chance, I'll stop by later this month. I'll be changing planes in the United terminal (where they are) on my way to and from my brother's house for T-giving.

Posted November 1, 2013 link

Please excuse me for quoting myself, but it seems appropriate in this situation (as a point of reference).
I visited the LAX Klatch location twice this past week (it's in terminal 7). They've definitely improved since my first time there (see above quote). However, nobody working during the shift when I came out from Houston knew what a cortado is. When I explained 1/2 espresso - 1/2 steamed milk, they told me they call that a macchiato. I replied that Heather knows the difference and suggested they get more training. What I got was ok, but not really a cortado. On my way back home, I stopped there again and got a cappa. It was very well made, and I could highly recommend them based on hat drink alone.

Also, for those who like blended drinks...The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has a location in terminal 8, which is about a 5 minute walk from Klatch. I got a Black Forest ice blended thing there after the subpar cortado, and it was as good as the ones I've had at their regular locations...I gave the barista a nice tip!

 
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Posted Mon Dec 2, 2013, 8:47am
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Ever fly into Mia (Miami International Airport) must hit up Cafe Versailles for various Cuban style, killer lol.
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