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Apr 5, 2011 08:15 AM

Where to get good coffee?

Hi 'hounders,

Coming from NYC where the coffee revolution, so to speak, has/is in full motion and as a graduate student, my life pretty much depends on it every morning for daily function.

Despite the fact I have the odd feeling depending on Starbucks, I would like to know where can I find good coffee and/or espresso?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. There's a Starbucks or Seattle's Best in most Strip hotels, but I can't think of any independent coffee houses anywhere along the Strip.

    1. Are you willing to travel a bit? You might enjoy Sunrise Coffee Co. at 3130 East Sunset Road.

      Sambalatte Torrefazione at 750 Rampart Blvd. is trying to be a hangout. Free wifi with lots of power outlets, a more ambitious pastry program than the competition, live music at times, etc. I've only been there once, but I think the coffee might be a little stronger at Sunrise.

      Sunrise Coffee Co.
      3130 E Sunset Rd Ste A, Las Vegas, NV 89120

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      1. re: Dave Feldman

        Just wondering if there are any new small or independent espresso bars or cafes within walking or tourist train distance from mid-Strip, or a good alternative to Sbux in the Strip hotels, such as a french or italian bakery that pulls shots well?

        1. re: Food Tourist

          Any thoughts on Va Bene Caffe at Cosmopolitan or either of Jean Philippe patisserie's espresso drinks? Is it true Casa Fuente makes decent coffee along with selling cigars?

          1. re: Food Tourist

            This is going to sound odd - but the absolutely best cup of coffee I have ever tasted was at from the boulangerie at Paris Hotel and Casino. Nothign "pulled" or "built" just the standard house drip that I drank along with one of their pastries.

            I don't know if it is Harmonic Convergence or some sort of taste bud altering fumes that the casino give off - but it was one damn good cup of coffee. It was weird . . . .

            1. re: drewpbalzac

              I'm marvelling at the coincidence that Balzac's is a decent coffee chain in Toronto! Thanks for the tip. Was planning a breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi - will look out for the patisserie.

              1. re: drewpbalzac

                I heartily second this odd observation- the coffee at the cafe at the Paris hotel is really REALLY good.

                1. re: drewpbalzac

                  If I can theorize here... The cafe is quite close to the Paris's convention center. Their turnover on drip coffee there must be insane.

            2. As of last August, the only Specialty grade coffee to where in which the top 5% of all coffee beans are brewed in a geeky style within a couple weeks of the roast date, paying attention to all details to make sure that love is poured into the flavor of every cup is served in only one place. Believe or not it is at a sushi restaurant, the Social House at Crystals. They have a coffee bar up front and will do drinks to go. (Technically Vosges chocolates horrible shots of Intelligentsias Black Cat could be considered specialty coffee, they just don't have the right equipment or skills to pour good shots)

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              1. re: eastbaysanfranman

       Good location mid-Strip.
                Looks like they are open from noon til 4 pm from Friday thru Sunday, but otherwise only for dinner or late night. What kind of beans and roaster are they using?

                1. re: Food Tourist

                  The barista I met who is running the show (Jonah was his name) was purchasing roasted beans from someone who is firmly associated with the SCAA. I am a home roaster and a passionate coffee geek and his coffee's were wonderful.

                2. re: eastbaysanfranman

                  So, I met Jonah on Saturday at noon when they opened. He was testing out two new roasts from Verve, his main supplier. and

                  He uses siphon with canvas filter heated over halogen bulbs to create a hybrid drip/press brew. Wonderful knowledge, and great experience hanging out and tasting both with him at no charge! Great start to my holiday. Sadly, we didn't get a chance to return for another cup or two (he also does espresso and espresso-based drinks) as timing was off and they are never open early enough!

                  Sadly, our local at Cosmo, Va Bene Caffe, uses Illy so I didn't even bother. And the double shot large latte at Jean Philippe was really mediocre.

                3. The best cup o' joe I've found anywhere is at Peppermill. It's the thick, rich kind of coffee that almost allows you to stand up the spoon in it. The food there is good solid old-school coffee shop fare, with quite generous portions.