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Jun 5, 2012 09:04 AM

Brewin around? or other coffee shops Bitter lake?

I'll be staying around bitter lake (135th ave and Aurora). I was looking for a good place for my morning java- there is a Brewin Around near by. is it any good, or is there a better place to go?

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  1. I like the Bridge Coffeehouse. They serve Stumptown. You would probably have to drive there. It's on a church property on Haller Lake. A serene spot. Lots of parking.

    1. Going south on Aurora I'll usually hit up Boardroom Cafe (Aurora & 84th, also Stumptown) or heading south on Greenwood I like Neptune (Greenwood & 85th). When I get lazy I go to Diva Espresso which is decent and a few minutes by car (Greenwood &145th). Parking's a bit of a pain by Neptune, though. If all else fails there's a drive-thru Starbucks on 130th & Aurora.

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      1. re: roolala

        +1 Neptune.
        Makeda. Cute neighborhood coffee shop - on a side street. Good coffees from Seven Roasters. http://www.makedacoffee.com/
        If you're staying at Bitter Lake, you'll want to explore the Greenwood neighborhood. If driving Greenwood Ave is too congested, 3rd Ave is usually faster. Or take the #5 bus.

        1. re: val ann c

          I just had a double espresso at Makeda and it was really the best I have had lately. mrs Forkit had a nonfat latte' and it was very good as well. That Seven Roasters is the real thing.

          1. re: forkit

            I'll third that. We switch back and forth between Neptune and Makeda, but I think Makeda has significantly better coffee but neptune does pour over...

            1. re: dagoose

              I thinks we'll have to try both Neptune and Makeda:)

          2. re: val ann c

            I second Makeda which has wonderful coffee.

            1. re: forkit

              just returned, had a great time. tried a few shops.Out absolute favorite and possible highlight of entire trip was Makada. It is what a coffee shop should be. cute, unpretentious appearance. extremely ward, friendly servers (and not just one- of the 4 that helps us, on was nicer than the next ) and most important- a exquisitely drawn shot of espresso. (wife loved the latte art also. we ended up here daily. we also tried Diva was a cute shop with a decent pull of espresso. very disappointed in Neptune though. - I though the decor was underwhelming, the server was unfriendly and the espresso was a little thin and acidic. In fact we didn't even drink it- by unanimous vote, went to Makeda.