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One year ago I was still living in Michigan and finishing up my senior year of high school. Now here I am, a year older, done with my freshman year of college, and hanging out at a coffee shop (Caffetto, in case you were wondering). So many things have changed in a year, even in the last few months. I’ll be moving into an apartment this weekend; I have a job as a barista that I love; I declared my art major in school; and I’ve started biking in the city. 

I’ve always loved coffee. I can’t remember when I started drinking it, but it’s been a huge influence on my life. It inspired me to start a blog last summer and helped me to explore an unfamiliar city. I’m fortunate enough to have people who are interested in reading about my thoughts and coffee related experiences on here, and have been able to reach a larger audience that I’d ever hoped for. 

Somehow my blog was discovered by a group bringing the Caffeine Crawl to Minneapolis and they were interested in having me write about it. Next weekend (6/1) I’ll be exploring 6 coffee shops and trying a variety of new drinks. I’ll be learning about espresso, brewing methods, and other coffee related things. I can’t wait!

I’ve also recently achieved one of my bucket list goals: Become a barista. It’s hard to put into words how incredibly excited I am to be a barista in downtown Minneapolis. I discovered last summer how extraordinarily hard it is to get a job in a coffee shop without previous experience. Over the past year I’ve had a few jobs as a wait assistant, which led me to finding and being a part of a new restaurant opening downtown. As an added bonus to the great people, great location, and overall awesome restaurant, they also decided to train me as a barista for the cafe.

That’s all the exciting new I have for the moment! I should probably start biking home, because it’s late and it started raining. Hopefully summer will come to Minneapolis soon, because I’d really like to put away my jacket.

Have a lovely caffeinated night!

This post  is almost entirely unrelated to drinking coffee in Minneapolis, which was my main theme starting this blog. But as my life changes, this blog will evolve to accommodate those changes.

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer
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I’ve been thinking about hopes and dreams and goals I have, and I realized that I’ve been waiting around. If you’ve ever met me, you know that I’m impatient and hate to wait. But here I am, waiting for my life to start. Waiting to get to high school, waiting to get to college, waiting to graduate. I’m not only waiting, I’m wasting. I’m wasting all of this time because I can’t wait to get to the next part of my life.
I’ve had a list of things I’d like to do, similar to a bucket list, for years. Some are easier to accomplish than others, but I just haven’t gotten around to them. Today I organized and updated my list (below). The first section, italicized, are things that will be easy to accomplish. I just have to do them.
The second part of the list includes items that will take some dedication to do. I’ll have to work harder, but it’ll be worth it.

bucket list

The last part of the list, red and crossed out, are things I’ve done. I spent an hour learning a bird call today and could finally cross it off. It felt great! I saw a wedding proposal at work, despite the fact that the women’s bathroom began flooding right before it happened. I was in there with a mop and a squeegee  gross and sweaty, and still managed to peek behind the curtain and seem the man get down on his knee. Some things might seem silly, but every one was important to me.

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Eye Drawing

I don’t know if those reading this reviews have noticed yet, but my rating system is very inconsistent. One of my favorite places is 3 stars, which leads me to believe that my stars don’t equate to how much I like the coffee shop. I’m not sure exactly why I give them the rating that I do, but don’t let a low rating deter you from trying them. Also, I don’t have any other drawings of coffee related things, so please enjoy my drawing of an eye.

First Impression: Many of these sound the same because my thought walking in the door is “Oh yum, coffee soon!”

Appearance/Atmosphere: This part is hard to write eloquently. It almost always ends up in choppy fragments, due to the fact that I’m writing things as I see them. Usually when I write this part I’ll look around, write something down, and look around again. I’m more interested in getting the details down than worrying about how it sounds together.

Vibe: It’s really hard to describe the vibe of a place sometimes. When I say that a place is chill or relaxed, I mean that I feel comfortable there. I’m not worried about looking a certain way or feeling that the other customers are judging me.

Music: I pay special attention to music in coffee shops. There are many factors that go towards good coffee shop music, such as volume, content, and vibe. Sometimes a grungy (I mean that affectionately) shop will have metal music playing and it won’t seem out-of-place or odd. However, if a cute little shop played screamo music it wouldn’t really jive with the vibe. It all depends on the mood of the place.

CoffeeI like coffee. Unfortunately, my knowledge of it is limited. I don’t know anything about growing beans, roasting them, or grinding them. When I say that my coffee was good, I mean that it was good and I’d have it again. That’s all I can tell you about the drink!

Service: If the workers are friendly and nice, then wonderful. That’s all I ask for!

Notes: If I can’t classify something under the other categories, I’ll put it here. I’ll also write things I think of later here.

As you can see, these aren’t very technical reviews. For the newer reviews I’ll try to come up with a more accurate system.

Enjoy the snow and safe travels!

Coffee cup drawingI apologize for abruptly ceasing my coffee shop review posts. There were a few reasons I stopped posting (broken camera and laziness, mostly), but that is no excuse. I have four more reviews to post, from the end of July and into early August. After that, I’m going to try something new.

Since my last review (which I have yet to post), I’ve started college at the U, moved, and gotten a job. A lot has changed, but one thing has stayed the same: my love of coffee and coffee shops. My plan is to re-review the coffee shops I go to a lot, because my opinions have changed. I’m also going (to attempt) to try out some new shops.

Any coffee shop recommendations that you love cozying up in during these cold winter days?

 

Remember, the best place to view snow is in front of a fireplace with a mug of coffee in your hand. Stay warm, my fellow caffeinated Minnesotans!