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The espresso machine at the new Insight coffee shop in the Pavilions center gets a daily workout.

Insight is brewing at Pavilions center

Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 - 10:07 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 - 10:16 am

Coffee-loving Sacramentans have one more place to enjoy their java. An Insight coffee store recently opened in the Pavilions center, joining two other Insights in our area.

The baristas are knowledgeable and the airy (though sparsely decorated) space is handsome, with a beautiful redwood coffee bar. The coffee drinks are excellent, especially the cafe mocha. The menu of seven “edibles” includes granola and fruit, with pastries and doughnuts from Yellowbill bakery and Doughbot.

“The (food) menu is pretty close to what it will be in the long term, but we’re still dialing it in,” said spokesman Matt Gale. “Our core business is making great coffee. We’re going to do cuppings (serious, evaluative tastings) twice a week, and less formal tastings, as well.”

One nice touch is the Tasting Notes cards that customers can fill out while they’re enjoying a cuppa.

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; (916) 370-7582 The other Insights are at 1901 8th St. and 1014 10th St. in downtown Sacramento. Pavilions is along Fair Oaks Boulevard, near Howe Avenue.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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