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Blanchard's has a new roastery, and while this location looks a bit more like a cafe, it's not quite set up as a coffee bar yet. I was able to get a sample of something that they had brewed, and I was told that in the future they'll be set up for more sampling, but I did not get the impression that they are going to add a proper tasting room to the space. But who knows?

Anyway, while the cup that I was given was a darker roast, and not quite to my liking, I still look forward to trying more Blanchard's coffee in the future.
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According to this recent Thrillist...

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/miami/from-panther-coffee-to-warsaw-coffee-company-miami-s-best-craft-coffee-shops

...Miami is seeing a boom in craft coffee, which includes Eternity Coffee Roasters. The shop is small, but when you walk in and see the roasting machine in operation immediately to your left and smell those beans, you won't mind at all.

A large board in the back lists a number of coffee offerings, and I had no fewer than three Colombian roasts to choose from when I arrived.

I picked the Eternidad, natch, brewed on a V60, and I found it to be excellent--although the downtown Miami locations makes parking inconwenient, I expect to return.
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Given southern Florida's size, I imagine that there must be artisanal coffee up and down the region, but I haven't even seen a handful of cafes, and two of them are Panther.

Thus, upon returning from The Bahamas, I made it a priority (after ramen) to head up to Brew Urban, where they serve Wells coffee and offer a wariety of brew methods, including Chemex and Siphon.

I chose the latter, and at a ridiculously low price of $4.25, and my cup of the Ethiopia Alaka was excellent.

Also wonderful? The design of the place, wall-to-wall charm!
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Another relatively recent addition to the indie coffee scene in Baltimore, Almack's is one of the few places I've encountered that serves coffee from Passenger, out of Lancaster, PA. They brew their hand-pours on a Chemex, and I quite enjoyed my Ethiopian roast.

If you don't mind paying for parking (except Sunday), this is a good place to hang out, with plenty of tables, outlets, and free wi-fi.
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Politics & Prose does not offer a pour over, and, even worse, they brew their batch coffee on a Bunn, BUT they have the adwantage of serving Ceremony, an excellent roaster from Annapolis.

The Nicaragua Idealista was on when I wisited, and despite the brewing, it was a damn fine cup of joe. Another thing the cafe has going for it is location, towards Bethesda, and away from the heavy concentration of DC shops.

I expect to go back, although they will be closing soon for remodeling, so it might be a while.

I was in and out too quickly to check for wifi, or ewaluate whether it is a good place to work, but it IS in a bookstore, and that's going to be a plus for a lot of people.
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It took me a month, mostly because I was busy getting adjusted to the new contract in McLean, VA, but I finally stumbled across some decent, lighter-roasted, coffee at Caffe Amouri.

Ironically, it was the manager of the Starbucks down the street who told me about this place, when I mentioned that I preferred lighter roasts.

It's not up to the level of my favourite artisanal roasters, but because they are willing to serve a hand pour of any of their roasts, I can try something different each time... some days it's better than others.

Parking is a squeeze, but the tall tables, wifi, and outlets make this a suitable place to hang out in the morning and get my coffee before going to the office, IF I cannot make it out to DC for the really good stuff.
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I first encountered Square One's coffee a few years ago, waaaaaay out in Redlands, CA, of all places, because they had sent a sample out to a cafe called Augie's.

Every since then, I've wanted to find the time to detour to Lancaster, PA, where the roaster is best. Well, so far I've only driven through Lancaster at night, when the roaster was closed, BUT last Saturday I learned, thanks to a barista a Greenstreet, that Square One now has two locations in Philadelphia.

This one was right around the corner, and I was able to pop in for an excellent Beehouse-brewed cup of Ecuador Finca Maputo. Beehouse is not the only method, BTW--they also offer Chemex, and maybe V60, and one of their baristas actually selects the best brewing method for each of the days offerings.

Although the parking, in Center City, is tough, this cafe is large, with plenty of space, outlets, and wifi.
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When I saw the Alpha Dominche Steampunk machine, here at Alaska Coffee Roasting Co, I was excited, but unfortunately the machine was not working, and I had to settle for drip coffee.

The roast did not enthuse me anyway--I found the Ethiopian lacking something, on top of being roasted too much towards the medium end of the scale.

Other disadwantages--just one easily accessible power outlet, and the wi-fi requires a time-limited code. On the other hand, they have a lot of food offerings and plenty of space.
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Although Birmingham has a few artisanal coffee options, I guess the craft coffee scene has not gotten down to Mobile yet. I called the three top cafes that I googled, and none offered pour overs.

I ended up at Serda's, because they at least offered single origin coffees and a French press. Since their Kenya Peaberry Gitumba was the drip (on a Bunn), and I'm not a huge fan of French press, I went with the cheaper, quicker option. I gave it a 6.5, which means I'd have it again but not go out of my way.

The cafe itself is pretty large, with wifi and outlets, making it a decent place to work. They also have a bar and plenty of food, and my primary reason for recommending a wisit is that downtown Mobile is cute as heck.
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Argosy Cafe has an interesting setup for coffee. They are primarily a bar and restaurant, and they rent some space to the roaster, who operates her own business, roasting there, and supplying them with coffee.

I wasn't a huge fan of the light-to-medium roasted Ethiopia Sidamo Guji that she served me, on an AeroPress, but I will probably go back at some point just to support her efforts.
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Although conweniently located just off I-270, and offering pour overs, Baltimore Coffee & Tea's roast didn't quite cut it for me. This is particularly disappointing because my relationship with Lisa means that I'll be driving through Frederick, and Hagerstown, a lot, while I'm working in McLean, and I still haven't found good coffee along that route.

Wifi was slow, too.
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Still no luck finding great coffee in the smaller cities outside of Cleveland. Angel Falls Coffee Company uses a Bunn for their drip coffee, and that's often a bad sign. I could have paid twice as much for their Angel Falls roast (Colombian) brewed as a pour over, but I really don't think that I would have enjoyed it any better, so I'm glad I just got the drip.

They've got wifi and outlets (although not near the tall tables), but I just didn't like the wibe of the place, and I really can't see myself going back.
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A few weeks ago I made a post, a little tongue-in-cheek perhaps, about how I was glad that I was driving my own car again, rather than rentals, and I might have jinxed myself, because I just backed into some structure at the gas station, and the rightmost part of the back bumper was torn and pushed in. At first it was scraping against the tire, but I was able to push it back a little. My primary worry was that I would draw attention from some cop who would use the glaringly obvious damage as an excuse to pull me over, and I was starting to think about how much it might cost to fix when, a few hundred metres down from the station, I noticed Clyde's Custom Auto Body. The owner, Matt I think, was able to use a crowbar to pull the bumper back from behind the frame, where it was stuck, and then a blowtorch to soften the misshaped plastic enough to pop it back into the shape. Once that was done, he was able to pop the clip back into the holes, and he says that it will hold. Just $50 for the emergency repair, more than a fair deal, a far cry from what surely would have happened had this been a rental car. I'm sure they would have just replaced the bumper, and I'd have been out well over $500, maybe closer to $1000. Heck, I suspect that most larger shops, in a big city, would have tried to foist more repairs or part replacements on me, but Matt gave me exactly what I needed, at the right price.
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