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.

In the South Side of Pittsburgh, on the mostly-residential Sarah St. is Big Dog Coffee. (Be warned that their Web site commits one of the cardinal sins against good design: it plays music automatically upon page load. No one likes this.) It’s a parlor-esque place and I was immediate struck by the friendliness of the two baristas. They serve Intelligencia Black Cat which make a tasty shot.