Everyone in the west is looking for a 3rd place. It's not your home, it's not your work, it's the place you go to chill, relax, and be rejuvenated! Cafe Bella is exactly this place for me. The coffee and espresso are the quality I'd expect from any coffee expert in and around Seattle and Portland (where coffee is on par with wine when it comes to tastings, flavors, and the passions of the country of origin, etc.. The owner is an extremely hard working man, that is a pure coffee geek in the truest sense. I absolutely love the care that is gone into apprenticing the workers (I happen to call them friends) and educating anyone who would like to know more about the cup 'o joe they are sipping. The menu is limited for a reason, because why make 17 different things, when you can make 3-4 with excellence! the Panini I had was delicious smoked thick cut turkey, smothered in cheese! The latte was so far above anything I've had in Albuquerque, so far! Even the little touches of quality Latte art are worth the wait for a shot to be pulled correctly! This is not Starbucks. They care more about you (the customer) with every order! Please check your expectations at every door you walk into, before you write up a review! All I know if they know my name every time I enter, I'm greeted with a smile and I can stay all morning long, and I know that the espresso, coffee, or Panini of the Day will consistently be the great experience of flavor and care I've come to expect every time I've been here. Please don't come here for a quickie, they love you more than that! Come here for a chill, inspiring atmosphere, that will warm your heart, mind, and taste buds with people who care enough about me to care enough about my coffee!
The only "Con" I have is that I love this place so much I wish they were open past 3pm. That is it.
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