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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 11:45am
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Bellano has this sign on the street advertising lattes, mochas, peppermint and pumpkin spice drinks. But I went back to Bellano on Tuesday 1/23/07 to get these very good double naked Paladino ristrettos.

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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 11:46am
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I had to have another one of those awesome Paladino shots and went back to Bellano on Wednesday 1/24/07. There was a different barista who pulled this Paladino shot using a PF with spouts. Should taste similar (or better?) than the naked pulls but this shot was only 1/3 the quality of the naked shots I got on Monday and Tuesday. Oh well.

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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 1:48pm
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eMocha: I found it yesterday. It's a small shop sandwiched between a jewelry store and a taqueria. Horace Mann elementry school is on the very next block.
I had a very good machiatto pulled on the Linea. Picked up a smoothie for the kid who got a good throat freeze (meaning the kid liked it.)

They are working with a custom blend by Blue Bottle for their espresso shots. They are doing a damned good job with it.  Like Gary said, Better than Barefoot doesn't matter at this point, doing their own thing well is what matters.

They don't sell beans yet, fingers crossed...

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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 7:43pm
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Also, their espresso blend held up well in the machiatto. I suspect it will also do well in caps.

Some of Blue Bottle's standard blends are somewhat mild and have a difficult time in milk.


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Posted Mon Jan 29, 2007, 12:13pm
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I went to Bellano on Monday 1/29/07 and requested both a naked Paladino shot and one pulled with spouts (lower right picture). This time both were very good with nice complexity and chocolate taste. I did like the naked shot a bit better than the spout shot.

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Posted Wed Feb 14, 2007, 8:46pm
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Made it to Bellano yesterday. Great tasting shots. Love to have some time on the Synesso.
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Posted Fri Feb 16, 2007, 6:28pm
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Great! Can't wait to check out these new places!! :-)

 
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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007, 11:31pm
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Made it to Bellano last mid-afternoon. Ordered a double shot, cappuccino, and an americano.
A very nice young lady was on barista duty. Heard the grinder roar - good sign. Saw a naked portafilter wiped dry before being loaded - very good sign. I did not witness the dosing or shots being pulled. Didn't hear much noise when milk was steaming - a good sign. I saw her pick up the cup and free-pour the capp - very good sign. The americano followed and the shot was prepared last, the right order. Nice crema in the shot, good crema floating on the americano and a beautiful rosetta poured in the capp. As you've read earlier, Bellano is using Paladino from Zoka. It's a bold and dark blend. It takes a few sips to get your palate around it. All three drinks were very tasty and satisfying.  So our young barista has the skilz to rock the Synesso. She etched a drink for another customer that elicited gushing praise and reluctance to a lid on it. I'd like see them bring in an additional blend or two.

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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:17pm
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Bellano was the place that converted me from what I used to think was decent coffee to starting to learn what good coffee really is. I haven't been in much though since Avid opened due to Avid being much closer to me.
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