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Topic: New Boston Area (Brookline) Cafe (13 msgs / 268 lines)
1) From: David Morgenlender
A couple of days ago I went to Marathon Sports on Beacon St. in Brookline.  I
noticed a new place had opened a couple of stores down ... Cafe Fixe.  So after
buying some running shoes, I went there ... & I'm sure glad I did!  
Max, the owner, is a nice guy & VERY into coffee!  He's got a beautiful 3 head
espresso machine (I forget the name, sorry), & a few nice grinders, the smallest
of which is a Mazzer Mini.  The largest make the Mazzer & my Rocky seem tiny.
He said it produces extremely nice even grounds out of its doser ... it's much
better than espresso than the Mazzer.  I don't remember the name, but I hadn't
heard of it before.  He buys roasted beans from Terroir & one other place (the
senior moment continues :) ... I forget the name, but another one new to me).
His milk is fresh Jersey milk (i.e. Jersey cow, not NJ), because of its
sweetness.
He's very much into brewing a great espresso.  He's got a digital thermometer
with a probe wired into a group head.  I ordered a cappuccino.  It arrived with
beautiful latte art, and not too much milk.  It was fantastic.  Amazingly sweet
& fruity, followed by a nice unusual smokey flavor.  The beans were an espresso
blend from the unnamed roaster.
Max was telling me that he makes individual cups of regular coffee using a
pourover (cone).  So I had to try one.  He had Kenya & Costa Rica beans that
day.  I went with the CR.  It was a very nice cup & I would definitely get it
again.  But the cappuccino was the superstar!
The only food I saw was a small selection of nice looking pastry & cookies.  But
I'm trying to keep the calories down, so I didn't try any.  He said he'd be
offering more food in the spring.  IAE, it's coffee that he's really into,
especially espresso.
Cafe Mixe is definitely worth multiple visits.  It's a 10-15 minute drive from
my house, so I'm thrilled!
Cafe Taste recently opened by Nick in Newtonville.  I've been there numerous
times for espresso drinks, pastries, cookies, and once for a sandwich.
Everything has been very good;  I especially like their cold espresso drinks ...
you can really taste the espresso.  I'd also recommend them.  
Based on my one visit to Cafe Mixe I'd say both places are worth going to.  If I
had to pick one, it would be Cafe Taste if I also wanted food, and Cafe Mixe for
espresso drinks only.  (I don't know if they serve cold espresso drinks.)  To be
fair, I haven't tried the food at Cafe Mixe or the regular coffee at Cafe Taste.
After all this time of having no good espresso nearby, we are now blessed with 2
places!  Fantastic!
Dave
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2) From: Brian Kamnetz
Dave,
You might consider adding these places to Espresso Map:http://www.espressomap.com/Brian
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3) From: peterz
Oh my! .....
Nuthin' in Phoenix, AZ
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4) From: Bruce Garley
And nothing within 50 miles of Orange County, although San Diego and North
LA are represented. 
I've been disappointed in the small latte shoppes in my area, but would
hesitate to put a review warning people away from any of them. I'm not sure
that was the intention of espressomap.com. Still, I would have appreciated
such a notice.
I'm still looking for a local place that doesn't generate a blank stare upon
hearing the words ristretto or long pull. Even though I don't have a great
grasp of their meaning, I somehow expect the barrista to know.
Bruce Garley
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San Juan Capistrano, CA
 
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5) From: Michael Mccandless
You might try the Coffee Rush in Chandler & Gilbert.
Moe, the owner, goes to great lengths to provide excellent espresso.
It is my daily stop on the way home from work.
McSparky
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6) From: Michael Irrera
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7) From: Michael Irrera
Oops, I hit send by accident on that last one, sorry.
Thanks to Dave for the tip on the new place on Brookline.  I'll stop  
by next time I'm over there.  Boston has too few quality coffee joints.
I also went to Coffee Rush in Chandler last week, and, I have to say,  
I was not that impressed. I got a double shot and an americano. The  
shot was a bit overextracted, and the roast a bit dark for my liking.
It was of relatively good quality, but I had high expectations, so I  
was disappointed.
-AdkMike
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8) From: David Morgenlender
Bruce,
Thanks for reminding me :) ... Max said he made the cappuccino with ristrettos!
Dave
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9) From: Ben Salinas
I'm really enjoying Cafe Fixe as well.
The espresso and his drip coffees are coming from Barrington.  He has a
pourover bar with some amazing coffees from Barismo (I highly reccomend the
Kiandu).  His Mini is running a guest espresso (last week it was Gimme).
The machine is a Mirage Bastone (http://www.keesvanderwesten.com/mirage-bastone.html)and his regular
grinders are made by Anfim (I forget which model he has).
The Barrington espresso is too dark for my taste, but the pourovers are
absolutely fantastic.
-Ben
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10) From: Bruce Garley
Excuse my ignorance, what is a pourover?
Bruce Garley
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11) From: raymanowen
I think my Crapesso is a pourover, not a plumbed-in espresso brewer.
Egad, what a Brazil Cerrado... Formosa double shot I just had from my
soon-to-be-cast in mortar mix (minus the 55w pump).headstone for coffee
equipment.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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12) From: Dave
I think it's one of these:
these...
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Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
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13) From: Dave
OOPS!!!
One of these:http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.shtml#filtercones--
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
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