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Baseball, Beer and Coffee? A Tourist's Take on Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis

Baseball, Beer and Coffee? A Tourist's Take on Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis

Alright, here we go. Here I am writing, talking about my travels, coffee and some sports mixed in. It’s been awhile since I’ve written in this format, so pardon my rust.

Couple months ago, me and a couple of buddies made a trip to the Midwest. We went to watch our beloved San Diego Chargers open up their season in Kansas City, known as one of the best football towns in America. But before that, we made a stop just east in St. Louis to experience one of the best baseball towns in America. 

Hawthorn Coffee: A Beyond Normal Coffee Shop in Normal Heights, San Diego

Hawthorn Coffee: A Beyond Normal Coffee Shop in Normal Heights, San Diego

Beautifully lit and architecturally symmetrical, this beyond normal shop buildout in San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood may have established Hawthorn Coffee as San Diego's next hottest coffee shop. 

The building's original jade-green tiles rest below a tall and pristine glass facade, encapsulating a bounty of warm and neighborly Adams Avenue vibes. The beautiful wood-trimmed-glass front door is modern, yet classically American. Slightly elevated and smack-dab in the center of the shop, it brings in a lovely sense of balance to the shop.

Toucan Café - Medellín, Colombia

Toucan Café - Medellín, Colombia

Finding a Colombian coffee plantation tour with little money and minimal time was frustrating, time-consuming and of course, expensive. But that's okay, because what we got out of it was the next best thing: an unforgettable, (and affordable) coffee education and tasting experience at Toucan Café in the city of eternal spring, Medellín. This super informative, intimate and laid back Coffee Tasting Experience touched on everything from coffee history, to coffee farming, production, exporting, roasting, tasting and brewing

Cafe Don Pepe - Trinidad, Cuba

Cafe Don Pepe - Trinidad, Cuba

This is Cafe Don Pepe in the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad, Cuba. Thick-trunked trees with rubbery leaves shade the intimate concrete tables. They often fall onto the many highlighted Lonely Planet guidebooks you'll find here. But don't be fooled, this place packs a strong social atmosphere that you can feel as you enter through the flaking barn wood doors. 

The elegant stone walls are mustard yellow and littered with ashy writings of Cuban propaganda and coffee cups. The tall alcoves cut into the walls are spewing with signs of former Spanish wealth.