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BitchMidwife
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Posted Tue Nov 1, 2011, 8:49pm
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Hi all,
Any recommendations for Albuquerque NM re: coffee houses? I am not impressed with Satellite or this other little coffee house on Silver in that same Central Ave. neighborhood (forgot the name). Thanks!
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 1:33pm
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BitchMidwife Said:

Hi all,
Any recommendations for Albuquerque NM re: coffee houses? I am not impressed with Satellite or this other little coffee house on Silver in that same Central Ave. neighborhood (forgot the name). Thanks!

Posted November 1, 2011 link

Honestly there aren't any that can pull a shot.

If you want good local beans though, Michael Thomas is the way to go.

-James

 
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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 10:00am
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So... Just visited Abq. yesterday and there is in fact good espresso there! I tried Michaels, Flying star (two locations), Satellite,  a random gelatto store, the grove, and Giuseppe's.

Michaels - After looking online I assumed this is probably the best Abq. has to offer. Wrong. They have the equipment, the beans are inconsistant there is little skill in the baristas. They are training to offer pour overs, and even though they are not aloud to serve it yet because Michael hasn't approved it yet I convinced them to try one. It was the best I've had from there yet. How can Michael approve undrinkable espresso and not serve the best thing he's got going for that place?

Satellite - Just another uneventful flop.

Flying star - Wasted my time, so I'm not going to waste yours. Don't do it.

The random gelatto place in Nob Hill was and is close to a good shot. He has the equipment and the skill. If someone can convince him to find good beans this place could be very good! Third best, but not on the same level as one and two.

After giving up on coffee we visited the grove restaurant and market down town. What did I find proudly displayed on their counter? Intelligentsia. Nice. Don't be fooled this is a coffee shop disguised as a restaurant! Don't get me wrong, this has been my favoriate food in Abq. to date. Local, fresh, delish. A must go kind of place. Second to one...

Giuseppe's - "This is the little one on silver." Best in town. They have two locations--I only visited one. This is espresso done well.
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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011, 10:29am
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Hi knothead,

Thanks for your input - your experiences are the same as mine! Satellite and Flying Star coffee, although consistently rated high by the locals, sucks. Flying Star food is too expensive and OK but not great.

The Grove does have great sandwiches and breakfasts. I also noted the Intelligensia - this is the only place in ABQ I found it. Some days the house cup is great, others not so great. But they close at 3p so it is not a good place to go in the afternoon to sit and read or write.

Haven't tried Michael's yet. They are open a bit later, though.

I probably tried the same gelato store you did (across Central in Nob Hill from the Starbucks). It was OK but not a good ambience to sit for awhile and read. Plus, parking meters!

BTW the Starbucks on Central in Nob Hill has *one* thing going for it - a fabulous outdoor patio (weather permitting) and from the inside, a fireplace, and view of the Sandia (*if* you can find a seat!).

My favorite so far is Giuseppes, right behind the Nob Hill shopping center - great ambiance, great coffee, free street parking! But they close at 6p! :( It costs a bit more than the other places, but ... the lattes were delicious.

Thanks for all the input.
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Posted Sat Dec 3, 2011, 9:34pm
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knotthead17 Said:

So... Just visited Abq. yesterday and there is in fact good espresso there! I tried Michaels, Flying star (two locations), Satellite,  a random gelatto store, the grove, and Giuseppe's.

Michaels - After looking online I assumed this is probably the best Abq. has to offer. Wrong. They have the equipment, the beans are inconsistant there is little skill in the baristas. They are training to offer pour overs, and even though they are not aloud to serve it yet because Michael hasn't approved it yet I convinced them to try one. It was the best I've had from there yet. How can Michael approve undrinkable espresso and not serve the best thing he's got going for that place?

Satellite - Just another uneventful flop.

Flying star - Wasted my time, so I'm not going to waste yours. Don't do it.

The random gelatto place in Nob Hill was and is close to a good shot. He has the equipment and the skill. If someone can convince him to find good beans this place could be very good! Third best, but not on the same level as one and two.

After giving up on coffee we visited the grove restaurant and market down town. What did I find proudly displayed on their counter? Intelligentsia. Nice. Don't be fooled this is a coffee shop disguised as a restaurant! Don't get me wrong, this has been my favoriate food in Abq. to date. Local, fresh, delish. A must go kind of place. Second to one...

Giuseppe's - "This is the little one on silver." Best in town. They have two locations--I only visited one. This is espresso done well.

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At The Grove, they served me a shot that literally had steam coming off it. It was thin and watery and burnt. Being as the machine was an LM GB/5, I doubt the PID had been set differently when you were there, but stranger things have happened I guess. This was two weeks ago, btw.

Satellite and Flying star are the same ownership and are both bad (Flying star uses super-autos).

Napoli Coffee - Shots pulled thin and too long on an LM FB/70.

Have not tried Giuseppe's, never knew it was there.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 26, 2011, 6:40am
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ABQ is not a coffee town at all. The Grove has the potential to serve good espresso and sometimes does. Gold st Cafe serves some of the worst. Michael Thomas is substandard imho. Flying wallet and satellite one and the same. Miserable.  Ecco (the random gelatto store) is occasionally ok. When I moved here from Seattle I bought a commercial machine for my home. While it is not that great of a machine it keeps me goin. In Albuquerque coffee is the swill you drink to get going in the morning, nothing more.
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