We love the coffee at work, but what about outside of work? Where do you go for coffee after hours and on your days off?

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I say decent because I have not tried every cafe to compare them to, locally.

John P said:
"decent" sounds like settling.

Any "really good", "great", or "fantastic" ?

Jennifer Vaaler said:
I must be lucky then. There are at least two decent cafe's here.
I support my locals, but rarely go out after a 10 to 12 hour day at my shop. If I go out it is to try a place before I go in in the morning or on Sunday. A lot of places are closed on Sunday here in Indy.
John P said:
"decent" sounds like settling.

Any "really good", "great", or "fantastic" ?

Jennifer Vaaler said:
I must be lucky then. There are at least two decent cafe's here.

Yes, she has at least "really good". Though I've not done any cafe hopping in the Triangle area, that's Counter Culture's hometown and Lem Butler's stomping ground. I hear good things about Busy Bee and Three Cups (if its still open). Honestly though, the place I'm most familiar with up that way is the Hibernian Pub, which is definitely where I'd go after work :).
There's a bakery in Durham called Scratch that Lem took me to. They do some phenomenal baking, but they also have legit espresso drinks. The day we were there, they were pulling CC La Forza, made some great capps for me and my dad. And I know 3 Cups is still open, 'cause I see it show up on Lem's Foursquare updates... :)
Jennifer,
In your OP you mention "days off." Please explain what you mean by this term, I am confused by your terminology here.

haha.

Anyway, I'm blessed enough to live in/near Portland. Days off generally don't exist, but if we are able to go on a crawl typical stops are one of the Barista locations (or both), Coava, Heart, Albina, C.H. NW... you know... the Portland places.

-bry
It's too much work to make coffee at home, haha.

The grinders are all... like... small... and stuff. Slower too...
There is no water tower in sight...
The espresso machine only weighs like 30 pounds and I slide it all over the counter...
Spills and stray grounds become really obvious...

Lol. J/K here. (sort of)

Made coffee at a home (not mine) earlier this morning and it was annoying. A slow electric kettle, blade grinder and no scale. I felt like I had never made coffee before in my life, hahaha.

-bry
When I brew at home, I just stick to various brewing methods. It is more work, but it's "me time" since I'm the only one at home that drinks coffee.

Bryan Wray said:
It's too much work to make coffee at home, haha.
The grinders are all... like... small... and stuff. Slower too... There is no water tower in sight... The espresso machine only weighs like 30 pounds and I slide it all over the counter...
Spills and stray grounds become really obvious...

Lol. J/K here. (sort of)

Made coffee at a home (not mine) earlier this morning and it was annoying. A slow electric kettle, blade grinder and no scale. I felt like I had never made coffee before in my life, hahaha.

-bry
I meant the one or two days you may have off work from serving customers.

Bryan Wray said:
Jennifer,
In your OP you mention "days off." Please explain what you mean by this term, I am confused by your terminology here.

haha.

Anyway, I'm blessed enough to live in/near Portland. Days off generally don't exist, but if we are able to go on a crawl typical stops are one of the Barista locations (or both), Coava, Heart, Albina, C.H. NW... you know... the Portland places.

-bry
I will have to try these for sure. Just wish they were closer to me.

Paul Yates said:
There's a bakery in Durham called Scratch that Lem took me to. They do some phenomenal baking, but they also have legit espresso drinks. The day we were there, they were pulling CC La Forza, made some great capps for me and my dad. And I know 3 Cups is still open, 'cause I see it show up on Lem's Foursquare updates... :)
:hi5:

Brady said:
Home :).

I know most of the shop owners around Charlotte, and try to pop in for a cup when I'm in their neighborhood. Generally its a drip, something cold, or not coffee - I get coffee-d out after shifts.

Actually, there are a couple that I know are working hard on being great (and a couple that just think they are) that I try to hit more often. At those shops, I'll order more challenging stuff and then critique it, just to keep them on their toes. Yes, I have become that guy.
I usually only go elsewhere when I know other baristas working or when I am trying to avoid someone at work. I am pretty blessed to have some cool local shops. Nothing stands out above the rest yet, but there are some promises on the horizon :)
I have a hard time going into a coffee shop outside of work. I'm constantly critiquing things, seeing what needs to be changed, yada yada yada. There have been few times over the past couple of years that I was able to go into a shop and just sit and enjoy it. Sad, I know.

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