BEST COFFEE

Parisi Artisan Coffee

Critics' Choice

After Pete Licata won the 2013 World Barista Championship in Melbourne, Australia, this past May, we asked him what was next. Simple, he said: Keep pushing Parisi "to the top of the coffee scene." Around here, we think Parisi — where Licata and everyone else in the company's two cafés and its roasting facility do journeyman work — is tops. Besides employing the No. 1 barista, you know, on the planet, it does the microroasting thing at a very competitive level and keeps those two coffee shops humming at a smooth pace without sacrificing a milligram of Great Plains friendliness. Perhaps best of all, though, Parisi's excellent bagged beans are in enough area grocery stores now that you can grab a pound for yourself in the long, lonely hours before dawn when more sensible types aren't even thinking about caffeine. Pshew!

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