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Topic: Espresso in Birmingham? (14 msgs / 374 lines)
1) From: Bailey Blanchette
I will be in the Birmingham/Hoover Alabama area next week. Anyone know of
good espresso in that vicinity?

2) From: David Schooley
O'Henry's in Homewood is probably your best bet.
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3) From: Jim Gundlach
Try O'Henry's at 1901 6th Ave N.  It is in Birmingham, a ways up from  
Hoover.  Their owner runs a small roaster in town and they do select  
some good beans and they do not over-roast everything.  On the other  
hand, they are not purist by any means, they offer pumpkin coffee for  
Halloween for instance. What are  you doing in B'ham?
    Pecan Jim
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4) From: Jim Gundlach
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I didn't know they had a store in Homewood too.  Homewood is between  
Hoover and B'ham.
      Pecan Jim
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I didn't know they had a store in Homewood too.  Homewood is between Hoover and B'ham.     Pecan Jim
On Oct 30, 2007, at 12:28 PM, David Schooley wrote:
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5) From: Bailey Blanchette
Work trip.. going to show some folks in Hoover how to use the software they
bought from us.
Going to Corvallis, OR the following week. Trying to figure out how to make
a rouindtrip from there to Vancouver and back so I can check out this new
coffee shop I keep hearing about :-)
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6) From: David Schooley
The first store was in Homewood. I don't know if the current location is the
original or not. One of my accomplishments last year was to get my dad to
start buying whole beans from O'Henry's.
O'Henry's is near the intersection of 29th Ave S. and 18th Street in
Homewood. You can get there easily by taking HW 31 from Hoover. I can also
recommend Nabeel's on Oxmoor if you like Mediterranean/Greek food. Go south
on 18th from O'Henry's and turn left on Oxmoor. It is.probably a 1/4 mile or
so down Oxmoor on the right. The staff at O'Henry's should be able to give
you better directions.
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7) From: Gregg Talton
Ditto O'Henry's.   They also own Red Mountain Coffee Roasters and have
roasting facilities over on Oxmoor Road ... sadly, just a block or so from
the Red Diamond plant.  I worked at a radio station and TV station both near
O'Henry's and would spend LOTS of money daily on espresso drinks.  That's
what brought my dear wife (the banker) to purcahse a LaPavoni.  From there
it was a slippery slope and within 18 month I was homeroasting.  So, in a
way I started homeroasting thank to O'Henry's.
Oh, and try the ribs and Dreamland on Southside....http://www.ohenryscoffees.com/Gregg
Native Alabamian - Current Charlotte resident.
On 10/30/07, David Schooley  wrote:
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They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me
sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days. - Garrison
Keillor

8) From: Bailey Blanchette
Sweet!!  I'm a sucker for good Greek/Mediterranean food. I will definitely
check it out.
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9) From: Bailey Blanchette
Thanks Greg.. great story. Someday maybe I will have a LaPavoni too. My
Gaggia is good for now though.  I will check out ribs wherever I can find
them, so I'll give Southside a check. And O'Henrys too.
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10) From: David Schooley
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Oops. Turn right onto Oxmoor, not left.
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Oops. Turn right onto =
Oxmoor, not left. 
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Bailey Blanchette wrote:
Sweet!!  I'm a sucker for good Greek/Mediterranean = food. I will definitely check it out. On 10/30/07, David = Schooley <dcschooley> = wrote: The = first store was in Homewood. I don't know if the current location is the = original or not. One of my accomplishments last year was to get my = dad to start buying whole beans from O'Henry's.   = O'Henry's is near the intersection of 29th Ave S. and 18th = Street in Homewood. You can get there easily by taking HW 31 from = Hoover. I can also recommend Nabeel's on Oxmoor if you like = Mediterranean/Greek food. Go south on 18th from O'Henry's and turn left = on Oxmoor. It is.probably a 1/4 mile or so down Oxmoor on the right. The = staff at O'Henry's should be able to give you better = directions.   On 10/30/07, Jim = Gundlach < = pecanjim> wrote: I didn't know they = had a store in Homewood too.  Homewood is between Hoover and B'ham. =      Pecan Jim On Oct 30, = 2007, at 12:28 PM, David Schooley wrote: O'Henry's in Homewood is probably your best bet. = On 10/30/07, Bailey Blanchette <nodawink > wrote: I will be in the Birmingham/Hoover = Alabama area next week. Anyone know of good espresso in that vicinity? =

11) From: Jim Gundlach
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When I am in Birmingham, I am usually working at the Federal Court  
House and it is within walking distance of the downtown O'Henry's.  I  
live about 120 miles away so it is too far to go to just get a fair  
cup of coffee.
          pecan jim
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When I am in Birmingham, I am =
usually working at the Federal Court House and it is within walking =
distance of the downtown O'Henry's.  I live about 120 miles away so =
it is too far to go to just get a fair cup of coffee.   =
      pecan jim 
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6:22 PM, David Schooley wrote:
The = first store was in Homewood. I don't know if the current location is the = original or not. One of my accomplishments last year was to get my = dad to start buying whole beans from O'Henry's.   = O'Henry's is near the intersection of 29th Ave S. and 18th = Street in Homewood. You can get there easily by taking HW 31 from = Hoover. I can also recommend Nabeel's on Oxmoor if you like = Mediterranean/Greek food. Go south on 18th from O'Henry's and turn left = on Oxmoor. It is.probably a 1/4 mile or so down Oxmoor on the right. The = staff at O'Henry's should be able to give you better = directions.   On = 10/30/07, Jim Gundlach <pecanjim> = wrote: I didn't know they had a store in = Homewood too.  Homewood is between Hoover and B'ham. =      Pecan Jim On Oct 30, 2007, at 12:28 = PM, David Schooley wrote: O'Henry's = in Homewood is probably your best bet. On 10/30/07, Bailey = Blanchette <nodawink > wrote: I will be in the Birmingham/Hoover = Alabama area next week. Anyone know of good espresso in that vicinity? = = --Apple-Mail-2-744973233--

12) From: David Schooley
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Yes, Dreamland is a requirement.
When in the Hoover area, Jim & Nicks BBQ south of the intersection of  
HW 31 and HW 150 should also be on the itinerary. You probably can't  
go wrong with Golden Rule either, although I have not been there as  
often.
Chicago has Intelligentsia, but I do miss the barbeque.
On Oct 30, 2007, at 8:16 PM, Gregg Talton wrote:
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Yes, Dreamland is a =
requirement. 
When in the Hoover area, = Jim & Nicks BBQ south of the intersection of HW 31 and HW 150 should = also be on the itinerary. You probably can't go wrong with Golden = Rule either, although I have not been there as = often. 
Chicago has = Intelligentsia, but I do miss the barbeque.
On Oct 30, 2007, = at 8:16 PM, Gregg Talton wrote:
Ditto = O'Henry's.   They also own Red Mountain Coffee Roasters and = have roasting facilities over on Oxmoor Road ... sadly, just a block or = so from the Red Diamond plant.  I worked at a radio = station and TV station both near O'Henry's and would spend LOTS of = money daily on espresso drinks.  That's what brought my dear wife = (the banker) to purcahse a LaPavoni.  From there it was a = slippery slope and within 18 month I was homeroasting.  So, in a = way I started homeroasting thank to O'Henry's.  =   Oh, and try the ribs and Dreamland on = Southside....   http://www.ohenryscoffees.com/=    Gregg Native Alabamian - = Current Charlotte resident.   On 10/30/07, David = Schooley <dcschooley > wrote: = The first store = was in Homewood. I don't know if the current location is the original or = not. One of my accomplishments last year was to get my dad to start = buying whole beans from O'Henry's.   = O'Henry's is near the intersection of 29th Ave S. and 18th = Street in Homewood. You can get there easily by taking HW 31 from = Hoover. I can also recommend Nabeel's on Oxmoor if you like = Mediterranean/Greek food. Go south on 18th from O'Henry's and turn left = on Oxmoor. It is.probably a 1/4 mile or so down Oxmoor on the right. The = staff at O'Henry's should be able to give you better = directions.   On = 10/30/07, Jim Gundlach < = pecanjim > wrote: = I didn't know they had a store in Homewood too. =  Homewood is between Hoover and B'ham.      = Pecan Jim On Oct 30, 2007, at 12:28 PM, David = Schooley wrote: O'Henry's in = Homewood is probably your best bet. On 10/30/07, Bailey = Blanchette <nodawink > wrote: I will be in the Birmingham/Hoover = Alabama area next week. Anyone know of good espresso in that vicinity? =
-- They say such nice things about people at their = funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by = just a few days. - Garrison Keillor = = --Apple-Mail-17-748414668--

13) From: Gregg Talton
Awwww Maaaaaannnn!!!! Now I've gotta drive home for some que!  I've put on
quite a few pounds thanks to Jim and Nicks...and Dreamland.
I've burned many beans in Cahaba Heights and Helena but I'm originally from
Columbiana/Wilsonville and do make it back quite often.  So much so that I
bought a FreshRoast for my mom, along with a Chemex and setup so I can have
good coffee when in Bama.  I do take greens from my stash because she only
drinks decaf.
David, where are you in the B'ham area?
Gregg
On 10/31/07, David Schooley  wrote:
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They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me
sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days. - Garrison
Keillor

14) From: David Schooley
I live about 700 miles north of the Vestavia Hills/Hoover area and about 15
miles west of Lake Michigan.
I only spent 3 years in Birmingham, but my folks and my sister have been
there for about 20 and I go back when I can, so I know the area well. A trip
to Jim and Nicks is always a requirement. We also used to do Johnny Ray's on
occasion, and Ollie's when I worked downtown. I lived in Jefferson County,
east of Hoover and south of Cahaba Heights, when I was there. That area is
much more built up now.
I took my Hottop and a large selection of greens with me when I went down
for Christmas last year. I will not be in town long enough this year to make
the Hottop worthwhile, but they do have O'Henry's.
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