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    seeking quality coffee houses in the USA

    I'm on the road in the USA, exploring the country. I like excellent coffee and like very much to spend tme in coffee houses working (writing), reading local newspapers, and talking to "the locals." I'm interested in identifying good coffee houses as I travel - if you have suggestions, I'd like to hear from you. More to the point, I'm looking for an efficient way to track coffee houses down as I travel.

    At the moment I'm in Minnesota, heading towards South Dakota and Wyoming, will be in Colorado after that. So I'd like to hear of coffeehouses in those states. Others will follow!

    My idea of a suitable coffeehouse includes:

    - excellent coffee, of course. Bias towards places that roast their own, but that's not necessary. I drink plain coffee, no fancy drinks, no flavored stuff, etc.
    - pleasant atmosphere to hang out. I have a slight bias towards places that are not imitating the atmosphere of Starbucks (though many Starbucks wannabes have great coffee and I'm delighted to go to them). I like places where people talk to strangers, places supporting the local community, places selling organic and/or fair trade coffee, places using their walls to display and sell the work of local artists, etc.
    - free wireless internet access. That seems to be increasingly common, and it's a huge advantage for me. Electric outlets to plug in the laptop are a major asset too.
    - no smoking - I think that might be almost universal.

    I'd like to hear your recommendations, and your suggestions of how to find good places! If anyone knows of any books on coffee houses in the US, I'd be interested to know of them, as well.

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    GYPSY?? Hide the children! just kidding...wish you luck in finding local shops...there was a website that coffee shops would send links and info about their shop..I will look for it and post it later...was reading your site a bit this morn...not sure I could give all my crap away and jet...but all the power too you...good luck!
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    When your in the Maryland/DC area check us out, The Mayorga Coffee Factory. www.mayorgacoffee.com

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    The transfair web site http://www.transfairusa.org/ and use their store finder. You can also call roasters themselves toll free and ask for a coffee shop in a given city.

    Green Mountain Coffee (88 879-4627
    Peets 1.800.999.2132
    Buck's County 800-844-8790
    There are 2 indepdents in Grinnell, Iowa. One is typical college coffee bat and the other seems like a trendy urban coffee bar that got lost in small town Iowa.
    I bet every college down has some great coffee shops.

    you get the idea. Have a great trip.
    Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674

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    gypsy,
    if you ever get around the Chicago area, we are about an hour's drive south, off of I-57, in downtown Kankakee.
    We opened our gourmet coffee bar in Feb. 2004 and moved a few doors down in September. Our customers couldn't wait for us to re-open. They didn't like having to get their coffee at gas stations, etc.
    We don't roast our own coffee, but the company we get it from ships it out to us the same day it is roasted. We get it within 3 days.
    We will have wireless internet for laptops in the near future. We have electrical outlets, comfy sofas, and a no-smoking environment.
    Hope you can visit us sometime along your travels. You won't be disappointed!
    http://www.thecoffeesuite.com

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    Hey Gypsy,
    Visit us at gimme!coffee in Ithaca, NY, The cafe where we roast is on 506 west State St.
    Check it out at www.gimeecoffee.com
    -C.D.

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    When in Michigan let us know!

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    This glaring blank space in the world of online information resources was something I once started to address but at the time I lacked the time resources and software interface to properly address it. I still own the espressotravelguide.com URL and think I should get back to it when time permits, perhaps using the Invisions discussion forum software.

    In the past I also did a great deal of traveling for work related reasons but never found any single resource where this information was readily available.
    Owen O'Neill
    Syracuse NY

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    Owen - you could set it up like this BB and have people post their cafes. Maybe one topic for owners listing their own, and another for reviews from customers of different shops.
    That way you wouldn't need to do all the leg work
    ~ Lori

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    oops...that web links is supossed to be
    www.gimmecoffee.com
    -cd

 

 
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