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Posted Mon Jul 12, 2010, 3:43pm
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My wife and I stopped at The French Press on the way up to and then down from Pismo Beach this weekend. Julia and Todd are doing a wonderful job, and it was extremely gratifying to see the customer line reaching almost to the door at 4:40pm on a Sunday afternoon. Devotion to quality really does make a difference!
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Posted Mon Aug 2, 2010, 10:25am
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I had another opportunity to visit the French Press and had this absolutely wonderful double espresso pulled with the new Verve Streetlevel blend.

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Posted Mon Aug 2, 2010, 10:26am
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Nice espresso shot using the Verve Sermon blend pulled by Julia. At the French Press the baristas do a very good job pulling great tasting espressos using coffee beans from Verve.

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Posted Mon Aug 2, 2010, 10:27am
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Nice macchiato made with espresso using the Sermon blend.

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Posted Wed May 2, 2012, 3:14pm
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A newer and great coffee place in SB is Handlebar Coffee Roasters.

http://handlebarcoffee.com/

128 E. Canon Perdido, downtown a couple of blocks off State St.
I've had outstanding espresso there, made from their own blend/roast.
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Posted Wed May 2, 2012, 7:57pm
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JJC Said:

A newer and great coffee place in SB is Handlebar Coffee Roasters.

http://handlebarcoffee.com/

128 E. Canon Perdido, downtown a couple of blocks off State St.
I've had outstanding espresso there, made from their own blend/roast.

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Yes! I was hoping someone posted this. Handlebar is doing some amazing stuff. It's packed on the weekends with tons of riders and they are pulling magnificent shots.
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Posted Fri May 4, 2012, 9:42pm
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JJC Said:

A newer and great coffee place in SB is Handlebar Coffee Roasters.

http://handlebarcoffee.com/

128 E. Canon Perdido, downtown a couple of blocks off State St.
I've had outstanding espresso there, made from their own blend/roast.

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I'll be in SB in August for a day and a half, so this is good to know.
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Posted Wed May 9, 2012, 4:46pm
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And if you want to take beans away, their medium roast espresso blend, Gibraltar Blend, is great IMHO.
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Posted Sat Aug 4, 2012, 4:12am
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Based on this thread, I recently went to both the French Press and Handlebar (walking distance to each other), and was impressed by both.  Had 2 shots of Verve at FP, and the single origin Costa Rican shot was fantastic, best CR espresso I've had in a long while, and the Gibraltar Blend at Handlebar was great.  Picked up a bag for home, and they said they couldn't keep them on the shelves.  Great 2 coffee shops in SB.

I also went to Kreutzberg (sp?) in San Luis Obispo and had another great shot of Verve.

Glad to see the # of shops expanding.
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Posted Thu Aug 9, 2012, 12:27pm
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scjavadr Said:

Based on this thread, I recently went to both the French Press and Handlebar (walking distance to each other), and was impressed by both.  Had 2 shots of Verve at FP, and the single origin Costa Rican shot was fantastic, best CR espresso I've had in a long while, and the Gibraltar Blend at Handlebar was great.  Picked up a bag for home, and they said they couldn't keep them on the shelves.  Great 2 coffee shops in SB.

I also went to Kreutzberg (sp?) in San Luis Obispo and had another great shot of Verve.

Glad to see the # of shops expanding.

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If you're down there again, make sure to stop in at Atascadero at Bru Coffeehouse. They are a stumptown account, assuming that you're traveling from the Bay Area, it's a great place to stop and grab a shot.
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