Coffee

  • Cafe Henrici – Zurich

    Niederdorfstrasse 1
    8001 Zürich, Switzerland

    +41 44 251 5454

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    Our only regret about Cafe Henrici was that we didn’t find it sooner during our last trip to Zurich.  This place goes beyond just a great espresso, it’s also a great place for tapas, drinks and just relaxing the afternoon or evening away.

    Espresso:  Cafe Henrici has their own special blends of espresso and coffee.  Espresso here is carefully made on the finest of espresso machines.  In addition to espresso, they have various varieties of coffee that rotate frequently, as well as offering pour overs as well.

    Location: Cafe Henrici’s location on Neiderdorf is convenient from just about anywhere in the old city of Zurich.  They’re open 16 hours a day most days of the week, except Sunday when hours are a bit shorter.  Cafe Henrici also has live music events on Tuesday’s and some other nights as well.  Check out their YouTube channel for more information .

    Beans:  You can buy beans at the cafe.  Just ask you’re server.

  • Cafe de Amis – Zurich, Switzerland

    Nordstrasse 88
    8037 Zürich, Switzerland

    +41 43 536 9381

    Cafe de Amis Website

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    You’ll feel like you’re sitting in Paris having an espresso when you walk into Cafe de Amis.  Whether you enjoy your espresso inside on one of the antique tables or on the large terrace overlooking a quiet street, you can’t go wrong.

    Cafe de Amis is more than just great espresso.  Open from early morning till midnight six days a week, with shorter hours on Sunday you can stop in for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner.  They have a small kitchen which turns out not only great food, but also a nice selection of pastries and desserts as well.

    Location: Cafe de Amis is located outside of the city center of Zurich in District 6.  It’s an easy 10-15 minute walk along the river from the old city center.  It’s a great way to check out some of the residential areas of Zurich.

     

  • Espresso Sosta Bar – Stockholm

    Sveavägen 84
    113 50 Stockholm, Sweden

    T-bana:  Radsmangatan

    +46 8 612 13 49

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    Just a very short distance from the Radsmangatan subway stop, Espresso Sosta Bar is an amazing little cafe.  It’s a small narrow building, so be careful not to miss it.  The espresso here is the best by far in Stockholm.

    The cafe has no seats, so you can either stand at the bar and enjoy your espresso, or during warmer weather, sit out front on small tables in front.  But don’t stop at just espresso.  They have an amazing dessert selection, as well as a few alcoholic drinks as well.  The service here is uber friendly and everyone here is very knowledgeable about espresso.

    Espresso Sosta needs to be one of your first stops if you’re in Stockholm.  Oh and bring cash.  Sosta doesn’t take credit cards.

  • Espresso House – Stockholm

    Multiple Locations
    Stockholm, Sweden

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    Espresso House is the Starbucks of the Nordic area.  Outnumbering Starbucks by about 35 to 1, Espresso House seems to be everywhere in Sweden and a handful of stores in Norway as well.

    Espresso House is a lot like Starbucks.   It not only offers many different types of espresso and coffee, but also a wide array of coffee based drinks both cold and hot.  Stores look very similar.  Some aren’t even a block apart.  You can also get a wide array of pastries, sandwiches and other food as well.  Espresso House also sells a wide variety of beans and coffee related supplies.

    Espresso House is decent.  The espresso and coffee aren’t half bad and with multiple locations, it’s certainly convenient.  While, we’d normally prefer stopping in at a local espresso bar or coffee shop, you can’t go overly wrong at Espresso House.

     

  • Cafe Coco – Reykjavik

    Laugavegur 72
    101 Reykjavík, Iceland

    +35 4  551 6131

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    This simple little cafe on the Laugavegur shopping street is the perfect place to stop in for an espresso,  coffee or small snack.  Illy seems to have a lock on most cafes and shops that serve espresso in Reykjavik.  Cafe Coco serves Chaqwa, which oddly is owned by the Coca Cola company.   We thought that it had a much more traditional European espresso taste than Illy, which might have been due to the fact that it was a very dark roast.  We liked it. 

    Cafe Coco is small and simple.  You’re not going here for the atmosphere, but it’s big on heart.  You will, however, find a few homemade pastries on the menu as well as free wi-fi.  It’s location closer to the Hlemmur transporation station is an advantage as their aren’t many other coffee shops in this area.  Service here is also very friendly.

    Beans:  You can buy Chaqwa beans at Cafe Coco.

  • Cafe Milagro – Quepos

    Manuel Antonio
    Quepos, Costa Rica

    (506) 277-7079

    Cafe Milagro Website

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    Cafe Milagro is pretty much the antithesis of a coffee micro roaster.  And, were doing it before it was even a thought in other’s minds.  Started in 1994, they’ve been at this for 20 years.  

    Espresso:  Espresso here is almost grown in their backyard.  Sourced from Costa Rica, it doesn’t get any fresher than this.  There are also a wide variety of coffees from light to dark roast, specialty to basic.

    Location:  Cafe Milagro is on the road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio, just at the intersection near the Hotel Parador.  You can’t miss the colorful little building on the side of the road. A great little spot, there’s plenty of room inside or sit out on the patio. 

    Beans:  Cafe Milagro has a wide selection of beans and ground coffee on line.  All freshly roasted and shipped to your door.  They also have a recurring order program, so you’ll never be without.  Their coffee is extremely reasonably priced for the quality.  Cafe Milagro sources from farmers that use sustainable practices, which is even more reason to give them a try.

    Cafe Milagro is more than just coffee.  Their restaurant turns out some great food items, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with great cocktails and live music in the evenings.

  • Glazer’s Coffee – Honolulu

    2700 S King St
    Honolulu, HI  96826 

    (808) 391-6548

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    Glazer’s isn’t the easiest to find, unless you’re over by the University of Hawaii.  It’s not near any of the tourist areas, but it’s worth seeking out if you need your espresso fix.  A popular hang out for students, it can be very busy at times.  The flip side being that if students are on vacation for the holidays, spring break and such, then the hours can vary widely.

    The espresso here was very good.  A small selection of food items is usually available.  Service is what one would expect when near a college.  

  • Holy Spirit Espresso – Santa Fe

    225 W San Francisco St
    Santa Fe, NM 87501

    (505) 920-3664

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    Holy Spirit Espresso is very unique for lots of reasons.

    First, lets start with the space.  This place is the size of a small closet.  A really small closet.  If you go in the door, you’re in the center of the shop.  You have just enough space to turn around and leave, but that’s about it.  There’s no seating, except for a small table or two right out to the side of the shop.  If it’s a cold day out, dress warm.  You’ll be waiting in line outside.

    Next, Bill the barista/owner.  You won’t find entertainment like this anywhere, let alone in an espresso bar or coffee shop.  Bill is a great guy and can offer you advice on just about any topic.  He also knows a thing or two about espresso.  No matter what you might want or how you like your java, Bill will make it as you wish and do it with a smile.

    Lastly, the espresso.  It’s probably some of the best you’ll get in the state of New Mexico.  You can buy some beans or also some “cinnamon dots” to go with your coffee.  There’s also a few other pastries to choose from. Pass by the Starbucks up the street and head to the Holy Spirit.  You won’t be disappointed.

  • Intelligentsia Coffee – Chicago/NYC/LA

    53 East Randolph St.
    Chicago, Illinois 60601

     312-920-9332
     
    And various locations throughout Chicago, Los Angeles & NYC

    Intelligentsia Coffee Website

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    Intelligentsia makes great espresso.  Having been in business for almost 20 years, there’s no question they know espresso.  Their employees know espresso too.  You can ask just about any question you want about coffee and they’ll know the answer.  They even offer classes to the public about coffee in their Chicago and Los Angeles stores.  You can also visit their website and watch videos of various brewing methods and more.

    Intelligentsia stores are very popular, so at peak times, you can definitely plan on waiting in line.  They have a good selection of different coffees each day,  as well as a nice selection of pastries and other items.  You can also buy most of the current selection of beans in store as well as online.  In their online store, they list the available beans by flavor profile, which is a great way to get the beans that you like.

    You’ll also find Intelligentsia coffee in fine restaurants and espresso bars in other parts of the country as well.  When in Chicago, LA or New York, stop in to Intelligentsia and you’ll be rewarded with a great espresso.

     

  • Courier Coffee – Portland

    923 SW Oak
    Portland, OR

    503-545-6444

    Courier Website

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    Our first introduction to Courier Coffee in Portland came a few months back when we were on a food tour with Portland Walking Tours.  Courier began by roasting and delivering coffee beans to restaurants and businesses throughout Portland.

    This great little coffee bar, on the edge of the Pearl District is a menagerie of coffee and espresso.  Knowledgeable, doesn’t even begin to describe the baristas that staff Courier.  These people know coffee.  They live and breathe coffee.  And it’s more than coffee.  They also bake their own pastries and goodies in the shop as well.  You not only have the smell of great coffee, but that warm, cozy smell of brownies, cookies and more being made.

    While you’re enjoying the fantastic coffee here, there’s also a turntable spinning great tunes from the 80s to present.  The quirky atmosphere is part of the allure of Courier.  You’ll love it.