I really like the coffee at Backspace - a little too much, judging by the money I spend there. Anyway, they follow the ""Stumptown method"", which means good espresso, dense foam on the lattes, a cute lil' leaf pattern on top, etc. REALLY good. That said, apparently the Stumptown Method doesn't involve heating the milk above about 80 degrees, because I get a cold latte EVERY time. Having worked as a barista back in the day, I can see it coming when they steam the milk for 6 seconds, and I've even asked for a warmer drink. No dice. Also, while I appreciate the relaxed nature of the place, there is a point after which I want to smakk (stupid Citysearch filters!) some heads. For example, this morning, when the young lad at the counter tried to wrap his head around fetching a pastry AND ringing people up. Really, it took about 10 times longer than necessary, and he seemed like he might fall over in the process. I know, I know, you're ""layd back"" (thanks again, Citysearch mommy filters), but a weekly shower and one less joint might do wonders. Just sayin'.
Pros: GOOOOOOOOOOOOD coffee, good pastries
Cons: Lattes are cold, staff could use a bath and shot or twelve of espresso.