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Old 07-10-2008, 02:43 PM
Location: Virginia Beach
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I haven't seen any threads in the search engine with a focus mainly on coffee, so I decided to start one. I worked as a barista for about a year so I kinda grew to love coffee even more.

Cafes that I've visited and have taken a liking to:
-Fairground's in the Ghent area of Norfolk has set the standard that all local coffee shops should follow. I find it to be very affordable, friendly, and it attracts a very diverse crowd. Surprisingly, it shows no signs of slowing down ever since a Starbucks moved across the street a few years back. This is the first place I think about when I want to go get coffee in the area. Support this place.

-The Daily Grind seems to be a Virginia chain. First time I ever tried it was at the Central Library in Virginia Beach. I'd say it ranks up there.

-Beach Co. Coffee on Atlantic Ave. between 10th and 11th isn't all that bad. I recently discovered it, but they do use Seattle's Best products, which I'm not really keen upon. I haven't had a bad experience yet though.

-Perked Up Cafe located in that small strip behind the Jewish Mother and Heritage down at the Oceanfront isn't all that bad for beach coffee. Unfortunately, I haven't been there in almost a year so I don't know if any changes have been made to what's on the menu and how it looks inside.

Mainstream joints:
-Believe it or not, WAWA actually has good coffee for basically being a glorified and polished gas station. Their caramel coffee blend was awesome.

-Bad Ass Coffee is located somewhere off 18th st near the precinct. It's a small nationwide chain with more of an appeal to "beach" communities, but don't let that turn you off. There's a lot of cool things about it, just check it out if you get the chance.

-It took me a while, but I definitely believe that America runs on Dunkin' Donuts. The coffee isn't that bad!

Places I haven't been yet, but I would like to try:
-Habana Cafe on Shore Dr. near E. Little Creek. I heard it specializes in Cuban cuisine and coffee. I don't know when the best time to visit is because I've seen different phone numbers and time schedules online to double check. If you've been here, let me know how it is.

-There is some coffee shop in the Riverview section of Norfolk right across where the Riverview theatre used to be. It seems to keep an 8am-6pm schedule, so I pretty much never have the time to get out there.

Defunct cafes:
-I used to work at Relative Theory Records in downtown Norfolk, and I was very bummed to see my former place of employment bite the dust. I was was bewildered that more people didn't make more of an effort to try our coffee. I thought it was great. We used a lot of Larry's Beans products. I'd have to say that if you didn't get to visit this place in the the three years that it was open, you definitely missed out.

-Java Junkies, both locations have been gone for years. It was my favorite place to get coffee in Virginia Beach from 1997-2001.

-The First Colony Coffeehouse, though I only went there once, has been gone since 2001 as well. It was located in Hilltop and I thought it was one of the coolest things about that area.

Let's talk about your local coffee experiences!
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:59 PM
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Aromas CoffeeHouse & Bakeshop

That place is just across the street from where I work. Located at the City Center in Newport News. It's not bad at all and I'd recommend checking it out if you make it up that way. I am going to write your list down as well and make sure that I try and get them all.
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:54 AM
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Default Harbour Coffee in New Town WBG

Opened a short time ago and it is simply amazing coffee......and a cool roastery on site so you can watch things...
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:28 AM
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I enjoy going into the Daily Grind in Town Center from time to time. The atmosphere is really cool, coffee is pretty good and the free high speed connection is pretty cool too.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:14 AM
Location: Va Beach
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Those places aren't open when I go to work in the morning, so I stop at BP Marketplace on Baxter/Princess Anne Rd. Great coffee!
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:40 AM
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Perked Up changed management about a year ago. I heard Sandy Barlow is the owner, and doing a great job!
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:36 AM
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This should be interesting to see.

'Authentic' colonial coffeehouse planned for Va. | TOP STORIES | WVEC.com | News for Hampton Roads, Virginia (http://www.wvec.com/news/topstories/stories/wvec_local_071708_colonial_coffeehouse.6391ba53.ht ml - broken link)
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:20 PM
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Honestly, I get my coffee from 7-11. Does the trick just fine IMO!
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:03 AM
Location: 757
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My Kitchen
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:44 AM
Location: Run-down tree house in Virginia Beach
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Could you'll suggest a place to go near Chesapeake? I'm close to the Greenbrier mall, and I have no ideal where to go. Back home, I'd just hit a Starbucks. This place has more culture about it, so I'd like to go somewhere that isn't owned by MegaCorp(TM) and Fratalians. (Is it' French? Or is it Italian? WHO KNOWS! That's the surprise. )
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