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What Is Your Favorite Place for Really Good Coffee?

It’s been two years since the post Where Do You Go For Really Good Coffee

That’s almost hard to believe – yet, alas, it has been…

Maybe you’re like me. It seems as if things have changed so much since then – that sometimes there is a sense of being disoriented – or out of phase, somehow. Yet throughout it all, amidst all the transition, the movement, changes in life, the economy and the world, there remains at least one constant – one anchor that keeps us connected to a sense of belonging, of comfort, and something familiar amidst so many things that are un-familiar.

There has been really good coffee everyday.

Remembering really good coffee moments, maybe you can relate…

Peets Coffee and Tea – Seattle

Enjoying that hot, fresh doppio at Peets in the Seattle Fremont district looking out the window from the mezannine – watching the traffic go by – silently – in the world outside, hearing the sounds of milk being steamed for lattes and the grinder – consistently, intermittently running – filling the room with the luscious smell of freshly ground beans, hearing the soothing, gentle murmering sounds of voices and coffee language from the counter at the espresso bar – the way we used to hear our parents voices talking as we fell asleep as children…

Lighthouse Roasters – Seattle

Sitting down to a fantastic, freshly drawn espresso – extracted consciously by the expert barista crew at Lighthouse Roasters on Phinny Ridge (one of my personal favorite micro-roasters in the whole country) – creating palate magic before my very eyes and then being able to verify that coffee resonance AGAIN – as with every other time before this one – and fully enjoy the essence of the bean with every living tastebud – on the front of the tongue, at the back near the throat followed by the burst of lingering, condensed after taste that permeates its way throughout all the coffee sensing tools within the human body for at least a half an hour afterwards…

Homemade French Roast

Perhaps it is the time, grabbing a deep rich cup of melita drip Fresh Roast – in the favorite procelain cup – on the way to a very important discussion, pondering the outcome and experience of the meeting to come and fully taking the time to enjoy that cup of really good coffee – from start to finish in the privacy of the car while driving to the meeting – without interference, or interuption and in spite of any time considerations.

Over the last, five years we’ve had really good coffee in West Vancouver – BC, Scranton – PA, Sarsota – FL, Dallas – TX, Atlanta – GA, Palo Alto – CA, Berkeley – CA, Los Angeles, Whistler – BC, Morley – Alberta, Hamilton – MT, Richmond – VA, Plymouth Meeting – PA, Egg Harbor Township – NJ, Goochland – VA, Portland – OR, Spokane – WA, Missoula – MT, Sedona – AZ, Siesta Key – FL, Boca Grande, Fl… and many other places.

Somehow a good cup of coffee always brings me back to a moment – a memory or feeling – of unshakeable warmth and safety and connectedness. Each of us coffee lovers relates to coffee in our own way.  Share your experiences with us and let us know about your favorite coffee places – and why you like them. We want to share this with other people who don’t know where to get a cup of really good coffee when they travel. Share your favorite spot, or your favorite baristas – or blend or style of coffee with us.

What is your favorite place for really good coffee?

Have a fabulous day…

I AM Michael Barrett and I love coffee…

What Is Your Favorite Place for Really Good Coffee?

It’s been two years since the post Where Do You Go For Really Good Coffee

That’s almost hard to believe – yet, alas, it has been…

Maybe you’re like me. It seems as if things have changed so much since then – that sometimes there is a sense of being disoriented – or out of phase, somehow. Yet throughout it all, amidst all the transition, the movement, changes in life, the economy and the world, there remains at least one constant – one anchor that keeps us connected to a sense of belonging, of comfort, and something familiar amidst so many things that are un-familiar.

There has been really good coffee everyday.

Remembering really good coffee moments, maybe you can relate…

Peets Coffee and Tea – Seattle

Enjoying that hot, fresh doppio at Peets in the Seattle Fremont district looking out the window from the mezannine – watching the traffic go by – silently – in the world outside, hearing the sounds of milk being steamed for lattes and the grinder – consistently, intermittently running – filling the room with the luscious smell of freshly ground beans, hearing the soothing, gentle murmering sounds of voices and coffee language from the counter at the espresso bar – the way we used to hear our parents voices talking as we fell asleep as children…

Lighthouse Roasters – Seattle

Sitting down to a fantastic, freshly drawn espresso – extracted consciously by the expert barista crew at Lighthouse Roasters on Phinny Ridge (one of my personal favorite micro-roasters in the whole country) – creating palate magic before my very eyes and then being able to verify that coffee resonance AGAIN – as with every other time before this one – and fully enjoy the essence of the bean with every living tastebud – on the front of the tongue, at the back near the throat followed by the burst of lingering, condensed after taste that permeates its way throughout all the coffee sensing tools within the human body for at least a half an hour afterwards…

Homemade French Roast

Perhaps it is the time, grabbing a deep rich cup of melita drip Fresh Roast – in the favorite procelain cup – on the way to a very important discussion, pondering the outcome and experience of the meeting to come and fully taking the time to enjoy that cup of really good coffee – from start to finish in the privacy of the car while driving to the meeting – without interference, or interuption and in spite of any time considerations.

Over the last, five years we’ve had really good coffee in West Vancouver – BC, Scranton – PA, Sarsota – FL, Dallas – TX, Atlanta – GA, Palo Alto – CA, Berkeley – CA, Los Angeles, Whistler – BC, Morley – Alberta, Hamilton – MT, Richmond – VA, Plymouth Meeting – PA, Egg Harbor Township – NJ, Goochland – VA, Portland – OR, Spokane – WA, Missoula – MT, Sedona – AZ, Siesta Key – FL, Boca Grande, Fl… and many other places.

Somehow a good cup of coffee always brings me back to a moment – a memory or feeling – of unshakeable warmth and safety and connectedness. Each of us coffee lovers relates to coffee in our own way.  Share your experiences with us and let us know about your favorite coffee places – and why you like them. We want to share this with other people who don’t know where to get a cup of really good coffee when they travel. Share your favorite spot, or your favorite baristas – or blend or style of coffee with us.

What is your favorite place for really good coffee?

Have a fabulous day…

I AM Michael Barrett and I love coffee…

Really Good Coffee – Lelu’s Coffee Lounge – Siesta Key

Really Good Coffee at Lelu’s Coffee Lounge in Siesta Key Florida…

After a good workout – some qigong and Tibetan Rites, a 3 mile walk and a swim at Siesta Key, we love to go to Lelu’s – a cyber cafe in Siesta Village – and grab an awesome cinnamon roll and a cup of French roast Java. In a former life, I sold a bakery line commercially to the foodservice industry for about 5 years. During that time I prepped, proofed and baked thousands of cinnamon rolls.Lelu’s cinnamon rolls are tender and delicious and the cream cheese icing has great flavor but is not excessively sweet, like many.And without a doubt, Lelu’s are the best we’ve had in many years…The coffee is always really good and Lelu’s has a pleasant, beachy ambiance. The decor is comfortable and welcoming and the staff is upbeat and glad you’re there. It is an ecclectic mix – a cross between Jimmy Buffet, American Graffiti and the laissez-faire lifestyle of a well established beach community. If you’re not familiar with the beach lifestyle it’s almost tribal in it’s own way.The slogan under the Lelu’s Coffee Lounge sign is:

“Caffeine and Cocktails.”and on the outside of the building the sign reads:“Sleep Later – Drink Coffee Now.”

There’s always some awesome music playing in the background with comfortable couches to lounge in if you prefer. There is free WIFI with tables inside or out on the patio/deck (in front) if you’re in the people watching mood and the sun isn’t too hot yet.Lelu’s is part of the Siesta Key Village culture and it’s great place to grab a cup of really good coffee and catch up on your email.When you come to the west coast of Florida, visit this place. You’ll like it.

I AM Michael Barrett and I love Really Good Coffee.”

Really Good Coffee – Lelu’s Coffee Lounge – Siesta Key

Really Good Coffee at Lelu’s Coffee Lounge in Siesta Key Florida…

After a good workout – some qigong and Tibetan Rites, a 3 mile walk and a swim at Siesta Key, we love to go to Lelu’s – a cyber cafe in Siesta Village – and grab an awesome cinnamon roll and a cup of French roast Java. In a former life, I sold a bakery line commercially to the foodservice industry for about 5 years. During that time I prepped, proofed and baked thousands of cinnamon rolls.Lelu’s cinnamon rolls are tender and delicious and the cream cheese icing has great flavor but is not excessively sweet, like many.And without a doubt, Lelu’s are the best we’ve had in many years…The coffee is always really good and Lelu’s has a pleasant, beachy ambiance. The decor is comfortable and welcoming and the staff is upbeat and glad you’re there. It is an ecclectic mix – a cross between Jimmy Buffet, American Graffiti and the laissez-faire lifestyle of a well established beach community. If you’re not familiar with the beach lifestyle it’s almost tribal in it’s own way.The slogan under the Lelu’s Coffee Lounge sign is:

“Caffeine and Cocktails.”and on the outside of the building the sign reads:“Sleep Later – Drink Coffee Now.”

There’s always some awesome music playing in the background with comfortable couches to lounge in if you prefer. There is free WIFI with tables inside or out on the patio/deck (in front) if you’re in the people watching mood and the sun isn’t too hot yet.Lelu’s is part of the Siesta Key Village culture and it’s great place to grab a cup of really good coffee and catch up on your email.When you come to the west coast of Florida, visit this place. You’ll like it.

I AM Michael Barrett and I love Really Good Coffee.”

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