Best espresso outside of Seattle (2008)
NINTH STREET ESPRESSO
It doesn't hurt that the only cute guys in the entire city congregate at NINTH STREET ESPRESSO, but that's not why we go to this far-east café. The owner, Ken Nye, uses a Colombian brand, and (unlike at Starbucks) I never have to tell the baristas how to make the drink. The espresso is smooth and not bitter in the least, and the first time I had one of their lattes with the foam expertly weaved into the shape of a leaf, I felt like I was home. (PS: Ken will eject you from the premises for using the words tall, grande, or venti.