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  • Lucky Llama Coffee – Carpinteria, CA

    5100 Carpinteria Ave
    Carpinteria, CA 93013

    (805) 684-8811

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    We stumbled across the Lucky Llama on our way back to Los Angeles from the Santa Ynez wine country.  This quirky little espresso house has great coffee.

    Just a few blocks off the Linden Av exit from the 101 and a few blocks from Carpinteria Beach Park, sits the Lucky Llama.  It sits back a bit from Carpinteria Avenue, so keep your eye out.

    The Lucky Llama has great espresso.  And they serve it in a lot of unique combinations, if you’re not an espresso purist.  The combinations change based upon the changes in the seasons.  The baristas behind the small counter know what they’re doing and while sometimes service is a bit slow, it’s worth the wait. The Lucky Llama is also known for it’s breakfast bowls.  Featuring a wide array of acai bowls and oat bowls, every review you’ll read raves about them.  We didn’t have a chance to try them, but it’s something you might want to consider.

    The shop is long and narrow, with a few various style chairs and sofas inside.  Out front, there’a large patio area with plenty of seating to enjoy the California weather.

     

  • 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

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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.

     

  • Baratti & Milano – Turin

    Piazza Castello, 29
    10123 Torino, Italy

    +39 011 440 7138

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    Baratti & Milano has been a Turin tradition since 1858.  Even if you’re not a coffee or espresso fan, you should stop in and check out the interior.  From hand carved tables, to rich italian marble on the bar, it’s like stepping back in time.  Plus, it’s a great place to stop in for dessert or a pastry.

    Espresso:  While Baratti & Milano has espresso and coffees specially blended for them, what you really want to try here is Bicerin.   Served in a small glass, Bicerin is layers of espresso, drinking chocolate and milk.  It’s a traditional drink native to Turin and absolutely a must try.  You can also step up to the bar and have a shot of espresso, or sit anywhere in the large, ornate cafeteria area, while enjoying fine italian pastries or a light lunch.

    Location:  Baratti & Milano is located in the center of Turin.  Located just off the Piazza Castello, it’s housed in a building built in 1875.  Baratti & Milano was one of the first tenants.  The building itself is a work of art in a large glass covered galleria.

     

  • 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.

  • Paperman’s Coffeehouse- Grand Cayman

    The Strand
    West Bay Road
    Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman\

    345-946-7185

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    When you’re in a small place like Grand Cayman, it’s hard to find a good espresso.  While most hotels have espresso, it tends to feel mass produced and not as good as what a great little coffee shop can do.  

    Paperman’s is located in a small strip mall on Seven Mile beach, right across from the local grocery.  It’s tucked away towards the corner and isn’t visible from the street, so you do have to look for it.  The cafe is small, but turns out a great little espresso.  They also serve tea, other coffee based drinks, as well as sandwiches, pastries and breakfast items. 

    Paperman’s is a popular hang out with locals as well.  Many are retired who like to hang out and read the paper, so if it’s busy, you may have trouble finding a place to sit.  Service is very friendly and efficient.  You can’t go wrong here.

  • Cafe Milagro – Quepos

    Manuel Antonio
    Quepos, Costa Rica

    (506) 277-7079

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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.