We admit it: We used to have a taste for Starbucks. It’s not so much that we loved the dark Starbucks blend, it was just that its coffee had a little more oomph than many of the local blends we’d tasted. So every once in a while, feeling guilty about not supporting our friendly neighborhood roasters, we would find ourselves driving to the Safeway or the suburbs for a quickie Starbucks fix. Until, that is, we discovered the roast at Patterson Perk. The Perk’s baristas tell us that the coffees (which include the Baltimore’s Best Blend, the Park House Blend, the Park House Decaf, and the Park Espresso) are a special blend developed by the coffee bar’s owners with a local roaster. They are rich and a bit nutty, thick but not so roasted as to make you feel like the beans have been burned (like, ahem, the coffees served by a certain national chain we know). Now when we have a real coffee craving, we no longer find ourselves drawn the nearest Starbucks—instead, we are inexorably drawn to Patterson Perk to satisfy our caffeine compulsion.