Browsing the "BaristaReview" Category

Nina’s Labyrinth & Coffee Cafe

I have never tasted cardboard. However, if I were to, I believe it would taste like the current biscotti I just bit into for the umpteenth time. Secretly (with a public grimace) hoping it will get better with each painstaking [...]

February 23, 2016 BaristaReview

That Anelace Pour-Over Tho

Someone took a picture of God’s bathroom walls and floor, and then went to replicating it for Anelace’s barista kitchen area. It worked. The axis of any good coffee shop is an above average cup of coffee and someone to [...]

October 12, 2015 BaristaReview

Riverview Cafe: Writers Drink Espresso, Mama Drinks Wine

Welcome to Riverview Cafe… where the toddlers play, and the mothers sip cabernet. If you’ve recently been having thoughts of bearing children, there are several tests you must pass. One of them is attending the Riverview Café during the day, [...]

October 5, 2015 BaristaReview

Peace Coffee: Heavenly Brew, Hellish Pastries, Oatmeal in Purgatory

Longfellow neighborhood is like that of St. Paul, but 3 hours later. After 8, most venues shut down. All the while I wish they’d keep their doors propped open just a little later, the one place that seems to be [...]

September 14, 2015 BaristaReview, CultureOrgy

Nicollet Spyhouse: Coffee Gone Gray

We’re back. I’m back. It’s on. BaristaReview has returned from the smarmy corners of fine dining and overpriced beer… to the smarmy corners of tea sipping and overpriced coffee. I’m going to get straight to the damn situation, and that [...]

August 11, 2015 BaristaReview

Detroit, Great Lakes Coffee And Stratification: An Urban Brew Without Discount.

The Great Lakes Coffee House rests in Midtown Detroit, sandwiched between downtown and Wayne State University. Atop a Caucasian oasis, the house is packed with hipster clientele, Wayne St. campus goers and Ferndale escapees. Although my time is short in [...]

December 3, 2014 BaristaReview

Five Watt! The New Kid On The Block Ain’t Bad

Five Watt: A Barista Review Enter the new kid on the block- technically not new, Five Watt opened in early 2014, but new to me. Five Watt comes with an array of employees that appear to function like family, bevs [...]

October 6, 2014 BaristaReview

Five Shots of Espresso In Minneapolis: Some For You, Some For Your Enemies

Five Shots of Espresso In Minneapolis: Some For You, Some For Your Enemies Sister Sludge I don’t usually venture outside of the white mocha with Sister Sludge, due to the fact they make it so well, and consistently. Yes, I’ve [...]

December 6, 2013 BaristaReview

Stomping Grounds Sits High & Sexy

Walk out the right end of the Iowa State campus and you’ll find a road with more bars than downtown Minneapolis. They call this road Welch Avenue. An avenue housing brick buildings that look to be on their last standing [...]

October 3, 2013 BaristaReview, CultureOrgy

The New Spyhouse is All Wood Everything, Huge & Really White

Tucked away Tyler & Broadway in New Uptown (Northeast), Minneapolis, the new Spyhouse Coffeeshop opened its doors for the first time this Monday, September 23, 2013. The shop opens up with a double-door entrance stretching 15 ft. wide, a wood [...]

September 24, 2013 BaristaReview, CultureOrgy