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armybaker Feb 3, 2011 03:12 PM

I like Daily Grind and Common Ground, but I'd like to venture out to other coffee shops. Zeke's coffee is pretty awesome as well. Where do you like to go to relax with a good cup o' joe?

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Common Ground
819 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

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    elspeth mcdoodle RE: armybaker Feb 4, 2011 04:32 AM

    You've already mentioned Zeke's... Mr. McDoodle and I stopped in the café last Sunday and had the perfect cup of coffee. While that may not sound like such a big deal, I've had very few of these in Baltimore. The people at Zeke's have crazy roasting and preparation skills. It's simple: they care.

    IMO, Baltimore is not such a great coffee town. There are many cities in America now where you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a café that takes coffee seriously.

    I've never had a decent cup of joe at Evergreen. It's grungy too. The lattés and cappucinos are meh and the powdered mix they use for chai is nauseating. Too bad 'cause there are plenty of students and residents in the area to support that place. Common Ground makes a decent coffee/latté/capp/espresso. City Café has changed recently for the better: I had a really great cup of coffee there in late January. You might try Red Canoe. Their coffee prep is hit/miss but I think they use Zeke's coffee, so that helps. The owner is a wonderful human. People say Red Emma's is good, but I haven't been in several years, so it wouldn't be fair to comment. Good luck on your quest.

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    Common Ground
    819 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

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      flavrmeistr RE: elspeth mcdoodle Feb 4, 2011 04:40 AM

      That place in Fell's Point next to the Cat's Eye has good coffee and they encourage loafing.

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        armybaker RE: flavrmeistr Feb 4, 2011 07:02 AM

        I agree, Daily Grind seems like a decent place to loaf :)

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          JonParker RE: flavrmeistr Feb 4, 2011 02:49 PM

          I tend to buy my regular beans for home use from Zeke's. The last time I was at Daily Grind, they served me one of the most foul cups of coffee I had ever had. I don't know if it was a bad day or what, but it looked and tasted like used motor oil. Judging a business on one cup of joe isn't entirely fair I know, but it was memorably bad.

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          Daily Grind
          4300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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          armybaker RE: elspeth mcdoodle Feb 4, 2011 07:00 AM

          I agree. Baltimore seems to lack awesome coffee shops. I'll have to check out City Cafe. I've heard good things about it recently. Are they okay with people stopping by with laptops? I'd hate to feel awkward, but sometimes I like a change of space during my endless paper writing. Red Emma's loos interesting. I've always wanted to go, but never checked it out.

          Thanks for your response

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            elspeth mcdoodle RE: armybaker Feb 4, 2011 07:33 AM

            Come to think of it, a good cup can be had at both Golden West Café and at Atwaters. But I guess these don't fit the bill as kick-back-and-linger establishments. Other Hounds have mentioned a place on Eastern Avenue... something like "Higher Grounds".

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            Golden West Cafe
            1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

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              armybaker RE: elspeth mcdoodle Feb 4, 2011 11:43 AM

              I do like breads from Atwaters. I haven't been to Golden West in quite some time. hmm Eastern Ave.

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              Golden West Cafe
              1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

        3. 2greyrooms RE: armybaker Feb 4, 2011 04:38 PM

          The best coffee, imo, in the Baltimore area is at Spro in Hampden. It is small though, so sometimes it's hard to snag a table. Atwaters has great coffee and you can loaf for as long as you'd like. Red Canoe can be hit or miss with their coffee, and they use a Zeke's blend made especially for them.

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          Hampden Cafe
          4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

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            armybaker RE: 2greyrooms Feb 4, 2011 08:48 PM

            I've never been to spro. I'll have to check it out =)

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              gregb RE: 2greyrooms Oct 31, 2011 08:01 AM

              If you want to support someone whose life goal, prior to opening his own coffee shop, was to mercilessly insult and degrade the Baltimore Sun food critic to the point of not being allowed to post in the comments section then go to Spro!

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              lbark RE: armybaker Oct 30, 2011 08:58 AM

              Baltimore Coffee and Tea in Timonium (http://www.baltcoffee.com/store/timon...) is simply amazing. It's in the middle of nowhere, amidst a bunch of warehouses so it's not well known, but trust me, it's pretty great.

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                ivysmom RE: lbark Oct 30, 2011 04:06 PM

                I haven't been real impressed with Balt. Coffee & Tea. The coffee is ok, nothing special. Pretty weak in my opinion, but we all have different opinions about coffee strength. What I hate is that I STINK like all their assorted flavors whenever I shop there for gifts. After a couple hours I get real tired of smelling that junk on myself.

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