Although I am here to save you all from the Evil Coffee Empire (ECE), there are those who have come before me to also do battle. These are the forerunners to Grouchy John and were instrumental to his emergence.
First and foremost is Sunrise Coffee. With their skilled and friendly Barista’s, an amazing range of drinks and food, and a couple of amazing owners, Sunrise Coffee has carved out a good coffee zone in the Green Valley area of town. With a community minded attitude this is a good place to hang out and enjoy a well crafted Latte or Macchiato over some conversation, browse the net on their free wifi, read a book from their library, or play one of the board games they have available. The Big F**king Gun (BFG) that they employ on a daily basis is that they are an all organic shop who is also very environmentally friendly in the materials and products that they use. Oh yeah they also have some pretty good tea.
Next is The Beat Coffeehouse located in the Emergency Arts building in the East Fremont area of downtown Vegas. Although their focus is more on the food and the coolness vibe of the shop it is still the best cup of coffee/espresso that you can get in the downtown area. To say this is an not your everyday coffeehouse would be an understatement. The music is supplied via a record player that plays real vinyl LP’s, it also houses a used record shop that has a blues section to die for, they frequently put on a variety of shows (music, poetry, fashion, art, etc), and for their BFG they serve beer and wine after 7 pm.
Finally holding it down in the Summerlin area is Sambalatte, a European style caffe. This is the newest ally in the war and quickly made great strides in beating back the enemy in that region. With a two story building in the vibrant Boca Park shopping center, great decor, plenty of seating, free wifi, great tasting pastries, smoothies, sandwiches, and homemade gelato this place is what other coffeehouses dream to be. It’s easy to see that their BFG is simply their coffee and how it is prepared. Every coffee/espresso drink is made with freshly ground coffee beans. So if you order a simple cup of coffee you get to chose what region the bean comes from and then get to watch them prepare it using the pour over brewing method. They do not have a automatic drip machine so you will always be assured of the freshness of any drink you order.
These are my allies in this war and are each in their own unique way are keeping the enemy at bay until I can get on the road and bring the fight to the ECE.