Coffee Break Review

Hidden away behind Albertsons off 185th there is a coffee shop called Coffee Break (or The Original Coffee Break). I had seen it before but never really wanted to check it out, but for the sake of this series, I went there. The vibe is kind of diner-esq complete with random TV show playing in the background, teenage staff, and old men talking in the corner. They have a breakfast menu but I went there at 3:30 (you would not believe how many coffee places close at 3!). I got a mocha and a peanut butter cookie ( I was starving). The peanut butter cookie turned out to be chocolate chip and was no better than the cookies I could of bought at Albertsons for cheaper. I was expecting more because apparently they bake in house. My coffee was brought to me, paper cup though. I got a mocha. It was good but almost too much chocolate at the bottom. The girl who rang me up was nice but green as can be. The other staff member there was a guy who was older and I think he made my coffee. Coffee Break does get a break for having comfy chairs. They have four set up to one corner around a fireplace (moot point now that its summer, I know) and a table. The rest of the place is table and chairs. It seems like an OK place to hang out for a half hour but I didn’t feel like I fit in there so I left after fifteen. 5/10 Very meh.

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Peet’s Coffee Review

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This will make my third review in the quest for coffee series. The first two being in Beaverton, but this one will be in Hillsboro technically but just barely. Peet’s Coffee is a chain but it is NOT Starbucks. Starbucks takes the beautiful things in a coffee shop and tries to fit them into a cookie cutter format. On top of that, most of the barista’s don’t do their jobs well and serve the coffee too hot. Extra points removed for no real cups unless you buy one.

Anyways, Peet’s is way better. I’ve had their coffee before but never really paid much attention to the other details. This location is not located in a store (I won’t review those). Friendly staff  with one to take orders and the other to make the coffee, just as it should be. I got a cappuccino to go because I was heading to work. The atmosphere was good. Classical music was playing but not in an upturned-nose kind of way. Plenty of people were there, engaged in conversations or working on laptops. Small but big enough. My cappuccino was tasty because of the coffee they use but I wish I’d asked for extra foam. The food looked good but I really wasn’t hungry. Tables, chairs, and a padded bench were the seating options. Not ideal but still good. They had a big eco-friendly focus with a sign offering real cups and plates, used coffee grounds for gardeners, and other ways to help out while you’re there. There was stuff for sale but they didn’t try to push it on you. I’d definitely visit again and give another review on sitting down for a while. Total score? Just 6/10 given my little time there. Cool prints on their paper cups too.

 

Ava Roasteria Review

Onto coffee shop #2 on my quest for the perfect coffee shop!(See my first here)

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Ah Ava Roasteria. Last summer, before I had moved to town, I went to Ava Roasteria but wasn’t really impressed. I think they messed up my order and/or I was in a bad mood. Either way, I was not happy afterwards. It’s been close to a year since then and a few days ago I met up with a potential new roommate and gave Ava a second chance.

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I don’t know what I was thinking last time! I got a medium cappuccino and they offered me a real cup when I said I was staying.The baked goods had a beautiful display and they bake everything there. I had an almond chocolate triangle (not the real name) and it was delicious. Kind of a tart-crust bottom with oats on top and dipped in (presumably) dark chocolate. Because I was staying, that came on a real plate too. My cappuccino was tasty with lots of foam. Almost too big haha but I downed it all the same.  I didn’t notice any music. The seating was nice with tables but no big comfy sofas or chairs. There was a lovely outdoor seating area with landscaping and a waterfall but it was raining so we stayed indoors. Total score? 7/10

This article was written originally days ago but I ran into a disappearing draft snafu so I got frustrated and gave up. But it’s finished and here for you to read now. I’ll try to be more timely with my new system. Sorry for the bad photos.

Has anyone else been to Ava Roasteria? What did you think? Was there music playing? What did you get?

Coffee Station Review

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a quest to review all the coffee shops in the Beaverton area while ignoring all Yelp reviews. Today I’ll give you my first review of a shop I’ve been to many times. The reason for my frequent visits is mostly convenience, hence why I’ve started this quest in the first place. The place is called Coffee Station. It’s really close to my house (I can even walk there), so it gets points for convenience. Coffee Station is small place but in an established building with a drive-thru. My overall score? Well let me break it down first. The coffee you get really depends on the barista. Most days its not any better than what I can make at home, but each time I hope I’ll still get that amazing barista (they have a lot of rotating staff). The barista’s are nice and attentive.

I highly suggest a latte over a mocha. Whatever syrup they use is no bueno. When you get that latte, don’t be crazy and take their offer when they say “Do you want anything in that?” ITS A LATTE! Not a syrup filled drink! However, I did go there once and they had a special drink, the s’mores mocha. It was delicious and taste just like a s’more which I had been craving for days. So maybe order that when you go.

They get baked goods delivered from somewhere else, which is not always a bad thing. By the time I visit though (early afternoon) they are down to the last three random options. They don’t bother covering up their white boards that temp you with all the options when the options don’t exist. The goods themselves are okay. Nothing I get wild about.

If you chose to go inside, you’ll usually find it empty. The wall art is cool and local, and I think they have one comfy chair, but that’s it. I have never stayed long enough to check if they even have wifi.

So all in all, this is a good to-go place if you forgot to make yourself coffee in the morning. Chose walk in over drive-thru in the morning because there is usually 2-3 cars waiting and they’re not the fastest. The score? 4/10.

Has anyone else gone here? What did you think?