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Happy New Year! A new beginning (of the decade…)

Well, been a bit negligent about posting, eh! It ain’t easy trying to run a business when you don’t know what you’re doing, but hey, it’s all about the product at Simpatico, and we continue with some of the best stuff downtown. Still don’t think there’s a better Americano in the entire Pittsburgh area, but it’s hard to gauge until someone decides to take on the responsibility of visiting any commendable espresso bar/shop and post the assessments. But we’re ready for the challenge.

While it’s been a struggle vanquishing our own assessment as one of downtown’s “best kept secrets,” after three and a half years at the same location, we’ve only gotten better. Still offering La Prima coffees and espresso, still have incredibly fast free wi-fi, and it can be a comfortable stop to sit and enjoy your coffee in a ceramic cup. And still offering pastries from Enrico Biscotti Company and Colangelo’s, possibly the finest bakeries in Pittsburgh, and sandwiches and salads from Colangelo’s.

So, if you haven’t visited us in the years we’ve been hidden in the lobby of the Regional Enterprise Tower, maybe this is the year to start. Wishing everyone the best in this New Year!

Espresso in L.A.: how far have we come!

The refurbished original Starbuck's La Marzocco

The refurbished original Starbuck's La Marzocco

Perusing the NY Times I stumbled onto an article about a pretty hip coffee shop opening in Venice, CA. We are blessed to have some national coffee roasters, i.e. Intelligentsia (found locally at 21st Street Coffee & Tea, Aldo Coffee, Big Dog Coffee, Dozens and possibly others), Parallel 49 (Voluto), Batdorf and Bronson (Tazza D’Oro) and Counture Culture (Bluehorse), represented locally. Simpatico is proud to serve local roaster, La Prima, but it’s important for a prospering coffee community to have choice, and Pittsburgh is now well stocked. Anyway, taking espresso culture one step further, Intelligentsia is combining a little history (the original Starbuck’s La Marzocco GS2 espresso machine) with contemporary espresso chic (four Synessos), and opening a pretty cool espresso bar in Cali. Nice.

Coffee in the burgh: how far have we come!

Since moving here in 2000, I’ve watched the coffee community grow immensely. From a few scattered Starbuck’s to a plethora of indie shops, the crazy growth of Crazy Mocha (17 shops and counting), and over the past few years competition winning barista’s, Pittsburgh is taking it’s place in the upper echelon of specialty coffee communities. Case in point: Carl Hauptmann and Jake’s Java. This is cross-posted at AldoCoffee.com, and I thought it worth adding to our site for some more potential readership. Visit the Post-Gazette online: “Java anyone?” Carl and his son have turned a hobby into a small micro-roasting business, and the short video is nice insight into their joy, coffee, and roasting. Beaver Falls Coffee & Tea are another example of adding roasting to their business, and also worth a visit. With roasters like La Prima (our supplier), Kiva Han, Coffee Tree Roasters, Nicholas, Presto George, and others I’m forgetting, we have developed quite an expanded community. We hope others will learn to appreciate what we have: Pittsburgh is a coffee town!