Sunday, February 3, 2008

English Toffee

I've been considering a series of blogs about the coffee shops in Loveland. Loveland, Colorado, my home base, has a wide variety of local, regional, and national coffee shops. And, of course, their specialties and qualities vary.

I've been prompted to initiate this investigation by one of the newest shops in Loveland, DazBog in downtown (or are we calling it Old Town now?)


The crew at Dazbog, like any chain upscale coffee shop, is inconsistent and full of quirks. They do however know how to make an excellent English Toffee latte--or better still, sugar free English Toffee. Depending on who is behind the counter--you might get perky, professional, business-y, or personable--will determine your "experience" but they all make a tasty beverage.

The site is also "inconsistent". Their wifi, though free, is not fully open. You have to ask the barista for the passphrase (though it may still be "coloradorockies" unless they change it because of this posting.) You can also find a variety of other "free" wifi signals in the store from the surrounding apartment complex--several generic "linksys" sites appear to be wide open.

The owners have thoughtfully provided an enclosed meeting room for groups of 6-10 people at no cost--other than a few cups of coffee. Each of the four northern Colorado Dazbogs are decorated differently--though you should be able to find a "cushy" section and more "worky" sections in each of them to suit your mood or purpose. I was impressed and satisfied with their handling of the espresso equipment and, as a coffee novice, confused by their treatment of my coffee mug--they pre-heated it with hot water prior to filling it with delicious English Toffee latte. The prices are a bit steep--more like that other big chain. And, one especially eerie aspect of Dazbog, speaking of that other chain, they pump in Starbucks XM Satellite radio cafe channel during the weekdays.... Huh?

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