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the_wonder_drummer
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Posted Mon Oct 31, 2005, 5:23pm
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Hey ya'll...

It's me... that one guy.

Anyways, I'm going to be in Nashville, TN from the 7th through the 14th and am wondering if there are any QUALITY espresso bars/shops/cafes I MUST check out?

My buddy I'm visiting works at the Frothy Monkey, but from chatting with him about how to pull a naked shot, I'm not sure they're going to be up to par to what I'm used to at Say What?! Coffee House (the shop run by Pure Arabica - on here)....

Annnnyways, any help or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

K.C.  |  "just learned how to pour a decent rosetta" Barista guy.
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Posted Wed Nov 2, 2005, 7:17am
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wierd: today i have a list of coffeeshops in Nashville sitting on my desk that have to be entered into our database.  well, it's a place to start for your trip, but i cannot vouch for any of the coffee: i've never been to these places.  i DO know that they use local roasters and quality syrups and such.....have fun experimenting!

Portland Brew
2605 12th Avenue South

Kijiji Coffee House, Deli and Jazz Cafe
www.kijijicoffeehouse.com
121 2nd Avenue South

Global Café
322 Broadway
www.theglobalcafe.com
they have an Astoria superauto.

The Frothy Monkey (just in case you lost the address)
2509 12th Avenue South

again, i have no affiliations to these shops.  indeed, the first entry is a roasting competitor of mine, but good coffee is good coffee.  i also have some listings for Chattanooga and Smyrna and Murphreesboro, if you're interested...just lemme know.  

if you DO try any of these shops, please post your experiences.  i'm interested in the opinion of any coffeegeek trying new shops.  don't forget to tip!

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Posted Wed Nov 2, 2005, 7:45am
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dankbean Said:

if you DO try any of these shops, please post your experiences.  i'm interested in the opinion of any coffeegeek trying new shops.  don't forget to tip!

dank

Posted November 2, 2005 link

Ah...timing, timing! I was visiting Nashville last weeekend, and ran out of time (unfortunately), so I was unable to try any of the listed cafes (Rob Jason had advised me on a few). I'll be returning to Nashville in a few months, and will make the time to try a few of the aforementioned establishments.

As far as a tip goes: buy low, sell high! ;)
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Posted Mon Nov 7, 2005, 12:03am
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Thanks for the suggestions!  I'll be sure to check out as many of those as I can... I guess my buddy no longer works at the Frothy Monkey, but hopefully we can spend an afternoon touring the espresso bars/cafés in the area!

If anyone else has any thoughts, please let me know as I'll be checking this during my trip!

K.C.  |  "the wonder drummer"
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Posted Mon Nov 7, 2005, 7:39pm
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Bongo Java.  (downtown?) Nashville, TN.

Ordered: Double Shot

Evaluation:  Well, the grinds looked good.  Ground freshly in the same grinder that I use at my coffeeshop in Riverside (Say What?! Coffeehouse).  If I wasn't so incredibly tired I'd remember the name, but for now, Nick will need to back me up.

Grounds freshly ground, beans look good in hopper.

Girl purged the grouphead for 15 seconds to get a more consistant pull on her 2 grouphead La Marzzoco (sp?).  The shot was evenly tamped and 'struck' (?) 3 times in the basket (so it was also tamped 3 times).

The portafilter was placed in the grouphead and the 'auto double shot' button was pushed.  The shot started out creamy with great looking crema but quickly went blonde, yet the girl let the shot run for nearly 40 seconds.  

Taste:  Completely burnt and ultra bitter.  Horrid taste.

Sorry Bongo Java, you get a D+... you had the proper equipment, and that's a good start, but you don't know how to use it!

Hope this helps!

K.C.
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Posted Thu Nov 10, 2005, 4:11pm
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Portland Brew.  Nashville, TN.

Ordered:  Double Shot

Evaluation:  Grounds used for my 'double shot' were taken out of "Rio" grinder, and had been sitting there for longer than 5 minutes (the time I'd spent in line)... not once did the barista grind new grinds, evne up to this point, nearly 20 mins later.  So, grounds were obviously old, just sitting in the distribution basket of the grinder.  Grounds were put into portafilter and without any 'finger distribution' were tamped.  No pressure was behind the tamp at all.  The tamp slipped twice, shoving the grounds to the (same) side of the basket twice, yet was still used.  

Shot was pulled and took nearly 45 seconds, but unfortunately their La Marzzoco espresso machine was placed out of view of customers.

I was confused when the barista proceeded to add a BUNCH of milk to the 'double shot' that I ordered.  Evidently it was assumed that I wanted a double-shot latte.

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That's what I recieved. (if that doesn't work click here:  click here )

The 'white' on top was called a 'Rosetta'.  The girl was bragging to her coworker about how well it came out. I realize it's incredibly hard to see, but the crema and milk has HUGE bubbles in it.  Not because it's hot, but because the milk was steamed absolutely incorrectly.

The drink tasted horrid.  It was (at best) luke warm and the milk masked the horrid flavor of the espresso.

I'm honestly not trying to be harsh, but people, so far the coffee out here in Nashville is "Booty" (as some of my friends would say now a days).

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Although I didn't order a drink, I watched shots being pulled at the "Frothy Monkey" and noticed that they would go blonde within seconds of even starting to pour!  GROSS!

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I think i'm done trying to find good espresso out here.  Sorry folks, but someone needs to come out here and save these people from the JUNK they're drinking!  

K.C.

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Posted Fri Nov 11, 2005, 2:28pm
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Frothy Monkey.  Nashville, TN.

Ordered: Double Shot.

Evaluation: I GOT A DOUBLE SHOT!!  Granted the demitase (spelling?) cup wasn't heated or pre-warmed, but regardless, the  espresso is subtle and actually palatable!  Yay!  The Frothy Monkey wins!!  The grounds were freshly ground, the beans looked plenty oily in the hopper, and the Faema (semi-auto) pulled a good 27 second shot that only BEGAN to go blonde by the very very end.

Congrats, Frothy Monkey... you did it.  (And no, Nick, they don't use naked portafilters.... )

There you have it folks... I'm really not going to have enough time to do any more reviews of the other two shops (nor do I have the transportation!), but I hope that for someone out there, when visiting the 'university district' of Nashville, TN, that I'd helped them decide with espresso cafe to go to!

K.C.  |  "the wonder drummer"
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Posted Sat Feb 15, 2014, 5:44pm
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the_wonder_drummer Said:

Frothy Monkey.  Nashville, TN.

Ordered: Double Shot.

Evaluation: I GOT A DOUBLE SHOT!!  Granted the demitase (spelling?) cup wasn't heated or pre-warmed, but regardless, the  espresso is subtle and actually palatable!  Yay!  The Frothy Monkey wins!!  The grounds were freshly ground, the beans looked plenty oily in the hopper, and the Faema (semi-auto) pulled a good 27 second shot that only BEGAN to go blonde by the very very end.

Congrats, Frothy Monkey... you did it.  (And no, Nick, they don't use naked portafilters.... )

There you have it folks... I'm really not going to have enough time to do any more reviews of the other two shops (nor do I have the transportation!), but I hope that for someone out there, when visiting the 'university district' of Nashville, TN, that I'd helped them decide with espresso cafe to go to!

K.C.  |  "the wonder drummer"

Posted November 11, 2005 link

And 9 years later, they DO use naked portafilters! I didn't get anything with espresso in it, but I watched the barista for a little bit. Everything looked good to me. :)  I enjoyed two different drip coffees.

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Posted Wed Apr 30, 2014, 9:13am
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Nashville Specialty Coffee Update

There are several GREAT specialty coffee shops in Nashville now. We've had a sort of craft/maker's renaissance over the past 5 years.

Barista Parlor is my favorite place to get a good cup of coffee. They boast a 3-group Slayer espresso machine and have a constantly rotating guest coffee program featuring some of the country's best roasters (CC, Intelly, Sightglass, Madcap, Handsome, Stumptown, etc.)

Crema is another WONDERFUL shop in Nashville. They roast their own coffees in house and have an educated, friendly staff.

Dose Coffee and Tea has been around since 2009, but recently revamped their entire coffee program.  Dose now uses Counter Culture Coffee and PT's Coffee and has significantly improved their quality of preparation.

 
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