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The Coffee Hunt: 21st St. Coffee and Tea

As previously stated:

…I figured I would set out to try every espresso in The City (and some in the South Hills burbs)… if you want to find the perfect coffee, you have to put in the legwork. In the interest of simplicity, here’s how it’s gonna go down: single shot espresso, rating from 1-10 based solely on that shot. No further justification. Just because.

I was in The Strip yesterday, and having already tried La Prima Espresso, I opted this time for 21st St. Coffee and Tea. They serve Intelligentsia (as do many other local joints) so I knew this shot would be decent as the least least. The verdict: nicely executed, nice shop, I’ll be back.

9/10

21st St. Coffee and Tea

21st St. Coffee and Tea


 

The Coffee Hunt: La Prima Espresso

As previously stated:

…I figured I would set out to try every espresso in The City (and some in the South Hills burbs)… if you want to find the perfect coffee, you have to put in the legwork. In the interest of simplicity, here’s how it’s gonna go down: single shot espresso, rating from 1-10 based solely on that shot. No further justification. Just because.

A couple of days ago I finally got around to trying La Prima Espresso in The Strip. I’ve been looking forward to this place as it’s definitely old-school (complete with Italian dudes playing cards in the corner) and has a good reputation. They serve their own roast, so the “house” espresso truly is from the house. Overall: a very good coffee and well worth the visit. To me though, it’s a little too smooth as I prefer more bite and fruitiness in a shot.

8.5/10

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The Coffee Hunt: Espresso A Mano

As previously stated:

…I figured I would set out to try every espresso in The City (and some in the South Hills burbs)… if you want to find the perfect coffee, you have to put in the legwork. In the interest of simplicity, here’s how it’s gonna go down: single shot espresso, rating from 1-10 based solely on that shot. No further justification. Just because.

Today I tried espresso a mano in Lawrenceville. Unlike most coffee shops I’m encountering in Pittsburgh, espresso a mano offers two “house” espressos: Counter Culture and Coava. Since I’ve had CC many times, I went for the Coava El Gorrion. Absolutely PERFECT cup of coffee, and the best I’ve had in Pittsburgh so far.

10/10

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The Coffee Hunt: The Ace Hotel cafe

As previously stated:

…I figured I would set out to try every espresso in The City (and some in the South Hills burbs)… if you want to find the perfect coffee, you have to put in the legwork. In the interest of simplicity, here’s how it’s gonna go down: single shot espresso, rating from 1-10 based solely on that shot. No further justification. Just because.

Today I found myself at the cafe in the lobby of the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. This was my first time walking into this place, and for a second I thought I was in the Twilight Zone: it was the most Brooklyn-y scene I’ve seen since leaving Brooklyn after a ton of years this past summer. I have no idea if that is good or bad– depends on who you are, I suppose.

Anyway, while hanging out in hotels kinda makes me itchy, I have to admit that they NAILED the coffee.

10/10

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TEEN @ Club Cafe 2/18/16

TEEN‘s new release “Love Yes” is out February 19th and they are in Pittsburgh at Club Cafe the day before that in support. Worth checking out.

Tickets here.


 

Julien Baker / Cold Weather @ Club Cafe 1/19/15

I don’t know much about Julien, but I have several Pittsburgh friends who are deep into the American singer/songwriter scene and I kind of happened onto her that way. Her songs are super nice and she definitely has some kind of vocal power that sucks you in and makes you stay for a while. Looking forward to seeing her live for the first time.

I know a little more about Cold Weather. I met Mark at a party not long after arriving in Pittsburgh, and after our first conversation I quickly realized that we had a lot in common and he was someone I wanted to talk to more. Cold Weather’s debut full-length is so cohesive and visual– I was instantly a fan. Are you a Heatmiser or Elliot Smith fan? Then you might dig this too.

Here’s the Facebook event page.

Tickets here.


Honduras / The Beverleys @ Spirit 1/13/16

Brooklyn’s Honduras and tour-mates The Beverleys (from Toronto, not to be confused with Brookyln’s Beverly ) will be at Spirit on January 13th. I’m looking forward to both bands! Listen to both below. I’ll definitely check out this Wednesday show.

The Coffee Hunt: Le Petit Chocolat and Cafe

As previously stated:

…I figured I would set out to try every espresso in The City (and some in the South Hills burbs)… if you want to find the perfect coffee, you have to put in the legwork. In the interest of simplicity, here’s how it’s gonna go down: single shot espresso, rating from 1-10 based solely on that shot. No further justification. Just because.

Today I’m at Le Petit Chocolat and Cafe in the South Side. This place is not at all my typical haunt, but I was with my daughter who was lured in by the cupcakes, so I gave the coffee a try. Not too bad for a place where coffee is not their primary focus!

7/10

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The Coffee Hunt: Orbis Caffe

As previously stated:

…I figured I would set out to try every espresso in The City (and some in the South Hills burbs)… if you want to find the perfect coffee, you have to put in the legwork. In the interest of simplicity, here’s how it’s gonna go down: single shot espresso, rating from 1-10 based solely on that shot. No further justification. Just because.

Today I’m at Orbis Caffe in Mt. Lebanon, kind of a mix of locals, coffee-shop types, and guys in suits. They have a good selection of coffee, and this one is pretty good!

8/10

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Run Forever / Dream Phone / Free Cake For Every Creature @ The Mattress Factory 1/23/16

Heck yeah!


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