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“One of the best espresso places we've enjoyed in our travels” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holy Spirit Espresso

Holy Spirit Espresso
225 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Downtown)
505-920-3664
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Ranked #3 of 44 Coffee & Tea in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: Downtown
Aspen, Colorado
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“One of the best espresso places we've enjoyed in our travels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Despite the lone "poor" review submitted by a self-described "espresso snob", with all due respect (since these things are a matter of taste) we too would probably be considered espresso snobs. Yet we found the product outstanding. We don't drink coffee-coffee so can't attest to that; only espresso. We scour places we visit for European-style espresso and never resort to Starbucks because their beans are burnt, and more importantly, we always try to support local indie business. Our searches are somewhat of a little hobby, part of our travel morning routine.

We usually order macchiatos (with a little foam, NOT the long sweet Starbucks drink) through which the coffee is dominant but not straight-up. I'm telling you all this so you know what we're reviewing.

Some roasts are stronger and have some bitterness and if it's burnt, or terribly bitter, we don't like it. But we aren't judgmental by a single standard and we like anything that falls between good and great.

OK; so we put this into our great category. The espresso was definitely strong with some bitterness, but isn't some degree of bitterness generally part of the coffee complex? And in a sweetened, milkier drink, the espresso wouldn't come through if there were none of that.
We're also impressed when the coffee part itself is creamy and almost viscous, which this is. And of course the creaminess of the milk froth is another art.

As others have mentioned, it's literally the proverbial hole-in-the-wall. The owner who was there is delightful.

If our preferences sound like yours, I'm sure they will apply to all the bigger drinks you might favor, and you should definitely give it a shot! (sorry for the pun)

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
United States
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109 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Love the spicy dirty chai latte”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I'm a repeat visitor and this time I enjoyed the chai latte with a shot of espresso (dirty). Not too sweet with lots of spice, this is a great alternative to straight up espresso. There are also a few chairs right outside this tiny shop for sipping your drink.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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College Station, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Back a year later, still excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I only drink espresso and am thus very picky about the beans & preparation. Mr. Deutsch indeed does a great job. Basically all you need sans all the crap & calories that Starbucks wants you to consume. Not to mention: local business with extremely reasonable prices. Definitely a must in Santa Fe.

Only wish: It would be nice if Mr. Deutsch had some 'loyalty program' where I can pre-buy 10 espressos and have him check them off. I love to have an espresso after jogging in the morning, but I never carry cash.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Coffee & Support local business”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Charming little café near Eldorado. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife. Quaint atmosphere and a good iced vanilla latte too.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roseland, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Great Espresso Stop Next To Eldorado Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place is a hoot. Walkup Espresso Bar. Like a throwback to the Hippie Sixties. Great espresso, machiato, and latte. No frills espresso!

Visited June 2014
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