My daily hang out, Kopplin’s Coffee is in move mode for the next 11 days. You can read all about it on their web site. I took Andrew’s  (Kopplin’s owner) advice and visited Quixotic Coffee today. Tomorrow I’ll try out another coffee shop, and the next day will do the same.  I’ve been contemplating what makes for a good coffee shop experience, and, with trusty Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, started a list.  It keeps growing. Last count there were 26 headers for the columns,  and soon it will be populated with notes from java joints, beaneries, roasters and even a national chain or two from  neighborhoods around St. Paul.  But for now, a little photo montage of the first stop, where I encountered a barista from my once favorite drive through coffee shack on Snelling & Marshall Avenue. That was at least a decade ago, and a testimony to  what a good cup of coffee and a friendly barista can do for your spirits. 

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