CoolGrindz is a respectable little coffee shop. It's bright and pleasant, with a nice patio, good cuban music, and a homegrown feel, right off Tharpe at Lake Ella Plaza. They've got a live music schedule, free wifi, comfy chairs and very non-starbucks bright orange walls. And they make a decent espresso. Well, three-quarters of a decent espresso.
There's an old italian formulation for a good espresso: the four M's.
- Macinazione is the correct grinding of the coffee
- Macchina is the espresso machine
- Mano is the skilled hand of the barista
- Miscela is the coffee blend.
In all, it was a pleasant surprise, and a far cry better than the Starbucks that has so far been my one Tallahassee espresso option. With a lighter roast, these guys could have something really memorable.