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Two things: YES, the coffee here is terrific, as I like their approach, and simply put, the quality of the cup you are handed. Without giving customers the option of adding their own cream or sugar, the staff serves you coffee as they believe it should be drank. And again, it is really good. But for the price, almost double of what a typical cup of Peet's costs, there is no way this place will start any revolution, or even chip away at Peet's customer/fan base. This is the place you go on a Saturday, when you want to linger in the area, and when you don't mind spending THREE BUCKS on a cup of, well, just coffee. Yes it's brewed to order, yes it's fresh, yes it's good, and YES - it's expensive. Of course in the Gourmet Ghetto, the foodies and such will adore the place, but for the average person (so the student let's say), this place is just not a realistic daily haunt. I give Phil credit for what he is doing, and for the cult following he has gained, but let's keep it all in perspective, folks - Alfred Peet STARTED the coffee shop movement in 1966. That's over 40 years of history, and the REAL revolution.
$3 cup of coffee (and that's the small cup), for made-to-order, fresh roasted, fresh brewed coffee. I could see that if it was say, all organic, but come on - I am not ordering a double, latte, mochachino, or some other fu-fu espresso drink, so WHY am I paying almost DOUBLE of what Peet's charges for their ALSO FRESH ROASTED, ALSO FRESH BREWED, superior cup o' Joe?
Like I said - a good now-and-then alternative to your normal coffee fix, but not really realistic for every day consumption.
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