Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Here is mine!
If you find yourself in one of the three downtown coffee shops in Moscow, here is what I recommend you order:
One World Cafe: Their supplier consistently has an Ethiopian coffee they brew in one of the drip carafes. It’s very good. I get the Ethiopian drip nearly every time I’m in there.
Sister’s Brew: Sister’s does a very good job with their milk consistency. If you’re looking for something creamy and sweet, a white chocolate mocha here would definitely deliver.
Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub: I’m biased of course since I help roast coffee here, but I’ve always believed it to be the best espresso in town. The Cuban-style espresso (which is espresso with a small amount of caramelized sugar so as not to cover up the flavor of the coffee) is definitely what you should get. Ask for a “Cubano con leche“. 12 ounces is about the right concentration.
I should mentioned that I’m now an employee at Bucer’s. I’ve been training as their back-up coffee roaster for the past few months and I had the opportunity to do all the roasting during the past three weeks while the main guy has been out of town. It’s gone OK but I have plenty to learn! If you are a discerning customer, you may have noticed that things are bit brighter than usual. This can be good for drip, but espresso usually does better with some darker, earthier flavors.
I’ll still be posting here occasionally about local coffee. I still frequent many of the other places in town just for variety’s sake too.
The Moscow Food Co-op newsletter this month contains an interview with Hannah and Jon Binninger, owners of Landgrove, a local roaster just a few miles away in Troy Idaho. One World Cafe uses their beans.
Apparently, campus dining is farming out some of it’s locations to third parties. This is great!
Sister’s Brew now has a satellite location on the first floor of the administration building. The people that have worked there in the past have always been friendly, but I’m afraid the coffee has been a complete dud for years. Things are looking up! The drinks are better and they’ve painted the place and add a comfy chair by the cooler.