Idaho is a funny place; most people conjure up pictures of huge potato fields when they think of the place. The reality is that the northernmost 3/4 of the state is very wild mountains and river valleys. I wouldn't trade that part of the state, for anything; I live at the southern end of it and we get a bit of the moderating climactic influence of the high desert to the south, but don't live in it.John P wrote:Ken,
I used to live in Chubbuck, next to Pocatello. Fun times! (NOT)
We run a 2 group Synesso here, used to have a Linea. We fresh-roast coffee to order, no drip, press-pot only. I agree with your findings in SLC. After hitting places like Vivace, Lighthouse, Hines, etc.; the only way for us to enjoy a great espresso was to open our own place.
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Pocatello is a whole different matter. Actually, I'd add Idaho Falls, Burley, Rupert, and Twin Falls into that mix of places I could not conceive of living in for more than 2 or 3 days. Although similarly located in the flat, southernmost part of Idaho, Boise is in a different league; it's not a bad place, and reminds me of Salt Lake 25 years ago but without the overwhelming Mormon influence.
I probably will not get back to Salt Lake until maybe February, when I might pass through to go to Southern Utah during Prez. Week, to escape the crowds that come up where I live (Sun Valley area). If I am going to be there long enough to have coffee, I'll give you advance warning!