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Old 04-09-2013, 01:56 PM
 
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My personal favorite is Sidewinder up on Hamilton in Northside, followed by Iris and that place on Central Parkway.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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Interesting comments about White Castle and their coffee.

They have pretty much pulled out of Dayton, but I do like there coffee, and use White Castle as a pit stop for coffee (with a banana and orange) during my city walks while in Lousiville (WC is fairly common in Louisville). In Cincy I sometimes use the WC in Norwood since Im in Norwood once a month for a music event.

Tim Hortons is in Dayton and I agree compared to some of the local Donut places they are overrated for food (I do like their maple syrup danish)..but coffee is good.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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My personal favorite is Sidewinder up on Hamilton in Northside, followed by Iris and that place on Central Parkway.
That would be Coffee Emporium.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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Has anyone mentioned Collective Espresso on Woodward in OTR? Hands down the best cappuccino I have ever had.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:34 PM
 
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It will be interesting, as I think most of the Caribou locations in the area (except maybe West Chester) seemed to be decent locations.

I do think it makes sense to not change the local stores to Peets as it is just another West Coast, dark-and-fast roasted coffee, which I don't think plays to our midwestern palates. I used to HATE Starbucks brewed coffee, but have started buying brewed coffee again from then once they introduced the Blonde roasts.

The problem with a lot of the Caribou locations is that they were leased on the cheap in POOR locations. The local one is hidden in an small strip center in a very narrow space. There is only room for a few tables and it is claustrophobic.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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Thinking about it now.. that makes sense. All the locations I've been to have been "good locations", but the space is terrible.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:17 PM
 
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FUEL Coffee on Kellogg
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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Thinking about it now.. that makes sense. All the locations I've been to have been "good locations", but the space is terrible.
I think that to be successful in the coffee house segment, you have to be in a location where people can sit comfortably for 30 minutes in an inviting place. The new Starbucks remodels are very comfortable.

The problem is that you also have to make it not so comfortable that people hang on too long. In Seattle, we could never find a place where there was an open seat. At some of the Panera locations near campuses, it is hard to find a seat as a paying customer as everyone is there for the free wifi.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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I'm quite a big fan of Aquarius Star/Om Café on Ludlow Avenue. You can usually find me there a few times a week working on something or other. They have a great selection of specialty drinks, four daily selections for bottomless coffee ($3 for all you can drink), an organic food menu, and they get their coffee beans from a partnership with Coffee Emporium, if I'm not mistaken. I also love the staff. It's a great counterbalance to Sitwell's, too, in terms of atmosphere, and it reminds me a lot of the 5 years I lived in Asheville, NC.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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We've done chili, pizza and beer, but what about coffee/coffee houses?

I checked out Caribou Coffee in Blue Ash (Reed Hartman at Cornell) today and it was very good. It looks like it's mostly an upper Midwest chain with a ton of locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It has a bunch of locations in Cleveland and Columbus, and a handful in the Cincinnati area including Blue Ash and Anderson Township. It's definitely better that Starbucks.

The best coffee house in Cincinnati, in my opinion, is Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway downtown. Not only is the product excellent, but the atmosphere is perfect.

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Starbucks is where it's at, and I'm not even a big coffee drinker.

Starbucks had the right idea when they stole Peter Gibbon's from Glidden and made him the executive VP of supply chain. The man worked wonders back when I worked for Glidden, and it's no surprise that Starbucks' stock price has more than doubled under his guidance.
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