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A Michigan Holiday Coffee in Frankenmuth.

During the recent holiday season, I worked remotely one day in the festive Michigan small-town of Frankenmuth. Part of that day was at The Harvest Coffeehouse & Beanery right in the heart of downtown.

The Harvest Coffeehouse, Frankenmuth, Michigan

The Harvest Coffeehouse, Frankenmuth, Michigan

The Harvest Coffeehouse, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Being here once before, I already knew of their outstanding seasonal specialty drinks. A Gingerbread Man Latte Breve was the choice again! I worked and enjoyed the hot beverage within the cozy, well-decorated coffee shop.

The Harvest Coffeehouse, Frankenmuth, Michigan

The Harvest Coffeehouse, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Lots of locals, tourists and holiday shoppers passed through on this wintry day. The Harvest Coffeeshop offers a variety of coffee beans and grounds to go, as well as pastries and friendly service. You can even purchase the used books that line the bookcase shelves.

The Harvest Coffeehouse, Frankenmuth, Michigan

The Harvest Coffeehouse, Frankenmuth, Michigan

If you’re a coffee lover and/or looking for a place to relax while shopping in Frankenmuth then this is the place to go. The last time I was there I saw a little Gingerbread Man in my coffee! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gingerbread Man Latte Brave yum. #Frankenmuth #coffee #ilovecoffee #Michigan #travel @jettingaround

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#ElCafeDe2013: One Year, One-Hundred Coffee Shops.

With my ever-growing love for coffee, I set the goal at the beginning of the year to visit 100 non-chain coffee shops around home and in my travels in 2013. Guess what? Mission accomplished!

There definitely were some challenges and rule changing along the way. I wasn’t in Georgia nearly as much as expected, so I had to be more aggressive in my coffee shop time and coffee drinking in Michigan and when traveling. I wound up visiting some chain spots like Philz Coffee in Silicon Valley, California. It’s a local chain and if you have had their Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, you’d understand why I stopped in. Some restaurants and pubs also made the list like The Buena Vista in San Francisco. It’s the home of the Irish Coffee! Of course that place is going to count. ๐Ÿ™‚

Got my Iced Mint Mojito coffee. Outstanding. @philzcoffee #ElCafeDe2013 #PaloAlto #coffee

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During the process I visited coffee shops from Alaska, Washington and California to Ontario, Ohio and Illinois. I even visited one coffee shop and enjoyed coffee with no land beneath me. The Celebrity Solstice cruise ship was my home for a week enjoying java deliciousness along the British Columbian and Alaskan coasts.

Drinking coffee Ketchikan, Alaska style! #ElCafeDe2013 cc @visitketchikan

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Drip coffee, lattes, french press, cappuccinos, flat whites, specialty coffees, pour overs and more all had their place. As you can tell, Instagram was my go-to application for documenting the java deliciousness.

Some days it was grabbing a coffee before work, other days I was on a day trip experiencing a half-dozen coffee beverages and shops like in Columbus, Ohio recently. Now that’s getting caffeinated!

#ColumbusOH has a thriving #coffeeshop scene. #expcols #coffee #travel

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Along the way I started a weekly series of tips based on the experiences I was having drinking coffee and hanging out in coffee shops. I visited one-hundred coffee shops, but that didn’t mean I only had one-hundred coffee beverages. One my tips was if you like a place and it’s not nearby, take advantage trying out one beverage after another as I did at PRESS in Dayton, Ohio.

A Bolivian Nueva Lllusta pour over. #Dayton #coffee #DiscoverOhio #travel #ElCafeDe2013

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A lot of the best times during the year came when I hung out with others. I coffee shop hopped in Georgia with my Dad, in Alaska and Seattle with my fiance, in Chicago and Toronto with Pola of Jetting Around and enjoyed a refreshing iced coffee in Toronto with Karla of Traveller Soul. Not all interactions with people were planned. While at Astro Coffee in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit I randomly ran into and hung out with fellow travelers Alicia of My Life Untethered, Emily of Emily Baillie Photography and others.

Interacting with the baristas, while watching my coffee being made had its place as well.

There is a #pourover in progress. #SanFrancisco #coffee #ElCafeDe2013

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You can checkout the one-hundred coffee shops that I wandered into in 2013. Also, search for the hashtag #ElCafeDe2013 and my feed on Instagram to see all the coffee deliciousness I have experienced this year like the Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa I enjoyed at the sci-fi themed Wormhole Coffee in Chicago.

Craving @wormholecoffee and sci-fi atmosphere. Koopa Troopa yum! #Chicago #WickerPark #ElCafeDe2013

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Well it’s been a wild, caffeinated ride. The New Year is upon us and so is #ElCafeDe2014. The plan and goals for the upcoming year will be different. Stay tuned as I am in the coffee shop and java planning process now.

I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday season. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to see all of you caffeinated out on the open road in 2014. Cheers!

Aaron
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Columbus Ohio Neighborhood Coffee.

I’m enjoying my Guatemala Pour Over in Luck Bros’ Coffee House in Columbus, Ohio. It’s a sunny, wintry day in the Grandview Heights neighborhood.

This is my first Live post, in the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m typing away on my smart phone. To hanging in neighborhood coffee shops!

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#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee Of Toronto.

Toronto has a thriving coffee scene. Independent coffee shops are popping up all over town. During my time there this year I had the chance to explore and consume lot’s of coffee in Canada’s biggest city.

While on a run through the Kensington Market neighborhood one morning I randomly came across Jimmy’s Coffee on Baldwin Street. The arrow on the welcome sign pointing inside was no factor in me going in. The world coffee was all I needed to see. ๐Ÿ™‚

Upon entering I immediately noticed Jimmy this and Jimmy that. They have artwork, pictures and more throughout the coffee shop of Jimmy Hendrix, Carrey, Dean, Morrison, Carter, Hoffa and more. Even the coffee beans they sell are named after famous Jimmy’s.

Jimmy's Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

They serve locally roasted coffee along with cupcakes, croissants, macaroons and other pastries all coming from local bakeries. My coffee of choice was a basic latte. I enjoyed it amongst bookcases filled with old-school books and encyclopedias. The place had an industrial, homey feel to it.

Jimmy's Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

Kensington Market is their second location to the original in Downtown which opened in 2009. I went outside to the patio to get a closer look at the Jimmy mural.

Jimmy's Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

I met up with Pola of Jetting Around, another coffee lover, to hit up La Gourmand Cafรฉ. The upscale bakery sits on the outskirts of the Downtown Core in the Entertainment District on Spadina Avenue. They serve gourmet, in-house made pastries, lunch and brunch and have a good coffee selection.

It was the heat of the day when we were there so I went with an iced latte. ๐Ÿ™‚ We hung out and chatted for a bit amongst the French cafe dรฉcor and atmosphere.

Le Gourmand Cafe, Toronto, bakery, coffee shop

The stack of newspapers at the entrance made me think of Sunday morning. This would be a great place to come with my Dad or solo and read the paper to breakfast and some hot coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚

Le Gourmand Cafe, Toronto, bakery, coffee shop

Pola and I also randomly found and went into Fahrenheit Coffee on Lombard Street in Corktown and the Downtown Core.

Fahrenheit Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

We walked into the coffee shop and espresso bar and engaged with the friendly and passionate baristas. They knew their coffee and we started talking about the popular places and brands in the states. We sat on some bar stools at this small coffee shop off the beaten path. They have wi-fi but can’t see it as a place to work all day but to grab a coffee to-go, check e-mail quickly or to hangout with a friend as Pola and I did enjoying our coffees and pastries.

Fahrenheit Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

I ordered an iced latte from here too. They use locally roasted coffee beans from Te Aro, customized specifically for them.

Fahrenheit Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

Checkout the time I have also spent at Moonbean Coffee Company and Dark Horse Coffee in Toronto.

Follow Pola as she is always Jetting Around, having coffee every step along the way.

This year was a great introduction to the Toronto coffee scene. What other coffee shops in Toronto would you recommend checking out?

#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee of Sightglass in San Fran.

This past summer I spent a morning in San Francisco coffee shop hopping. The coffee train took me to 7th Street in the SoMa neighborhood and Sightglass Coffee. Who’s that guy with the camera in the windows reflection? ๐Ÿ™‚

Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco coffee shop

Upon entering I immediately noticed the wide open spaces. Sightglass is independent, non-chain and family owned. I was at what is soon to be known as their original location. They will soon open a cafe and roastery along 20th Street in the Mission. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco coffee shop

The coffee of choice was the Kiawamururu, Kenya Pour Over. I chatted and shared some laughs with the barista while my coffee was hand crafted and came to life.

There is a #pourover in progress. #SanFrancisco #coffee #ElCafeDe2013

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I passed by the cream & sugar stand long enough to grab a pic…

Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco coffee shop

…and found a spot first by the coffee roaster. The seating was unique and non-uniform throughout.

Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco coffee shop

I enjoy drinking the coffee straight. It had a candy-like sweetness and syrupy feel. Checkout all the bags of coffee beans in the background ready to be roasted. The coffee beans process is watched and followed closely all the way down to the farm level to make sure me and all the other coffee fanatics are getting a unique and beautiful cup of coffee.

Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco coffee shop

Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco coffee shop

I proceeded to enjoy the coffee deliciousness from the upstairs balcony as well.

Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco coffee shop

There I am again shooting a picture of myself, though this time with the Sightglass Coffee pour over in hand! The shot is from in front of the unique bathroom sink and mirror which sits outside the unisex bathrooms on each side.

That's what I look like at a coffee shop. @Sightglass style! #SanFrancisco #SF #coffee #travel

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It was a great first experience at Sightglass Coffee with great coffee, service, conversation and atmosphere. I look forward to returning to the SoMa neighborhood again soon and also getting to the Mission.

Checkout the time I spent at my other coffee stops in San Francisco that morning: Four Barrel Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee and Ritual Coffee Roasters.

What coffee shops in San Francisco would you recommend checking out?