Here's the Grind: Coffee Cartel, Seminyak

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Welcome to the two-story chic and modernized cafe with some cool and collected vibes. When it comes to Bali, you truly are in the wonderland of creative, cozy, and vintage cafes all spread across the island – Coffee Cartel being one of them.

Here's the Grind:

Where: Seminyak, Bali
What: Dirty Coconut - espresso + coconut water
What’s playing:  “Running Back to You" - The Juan MacLean

The two-story coffee shop is a great place to get some work done or even have a private lunch date on the second floor. With gluten-free and vegan-friendly option, it's the perfect place to kick back and relax on some cushioned pillows away from the busyness of the Seminyak shopping malls.

I wanted to explore beyond my soy latte and came across the "Dirty Coconut."

"Hey, a tropical Americano!" I thought. Time for bolder adventures.

Well, it was bold, alright! Way stronger and bitter for my taste and I've had my fair share of Americanos, but was refreshingly different from what I was used to on my coffee roundabouts.

It got the work done and maybe I threw in some sugar in there too. Maybe.

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Here's the Grind: The Fat Turtle, Seminyak

Up to date – this place literally has the best red velvet pancakes (and we know I'm such a sucker for pancakes.)

Located in the busy streets of Seminyak, the Fat Turtle caught my eye because of their black bulletin board that literally read,

"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy Red Velvet Pancakes and that's kinda the same thing"

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The three warm stacks with melted cream cheese butter and chocolate crumble – the perfect afternoon snack. Surprising enough, it wasn’t even as sweet as I had thought.

The adorable interior reminded me of a comfy warehouse with lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling and 1960's vintage signs attached to the wall.

Another interesting item that I wanted to try, but didn’t have a chance to – Green Tea Churros.

Let me know if you have any other recommendations here in Bali!

Here's the Grind: Verve Coffee Roasters

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I recently took a trip with my cousin to a country that's dear to my heart: Japan. After days of sight-seeing and eating every in sight (and I mean EVERYTHING), I was pretty excited to have some downtime. As you might have heard, I am on a mission to visit 100 cafes worldwide and glad to add Verve Coffee Roasters on the list.

The adorable café is located right in the NEWoMan JR Shinjuku Station New South Exit. I’ll admit that it did take me about 20 minutes to find the place, but once I found it, I was ready to just relax and unwind.

Verve Coffee Roasters originally opened in Santa Cruz, California and their Shinjuku location continues to carry the West Coast vibe. The tiny café lets you people watch while listening to some soothing hip hop tracks with your dose of caffiene.

Order: Tokyo Special A chocolate and citrus blend that can only be ordered in Jaan.

Hours: 8:00- 22:00 daily