[Homeroast] There may be worse coffee on the planet than Cruise Ship coffee...

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 08:55:23 CDT 2010

Last cruise I went on the food was great. I knew about the coffee from
previous cruses. I simply brought a baggie of home roast and a Zass to
the table.The waiter brought me a French Press and hot water. It
became a real conversation starter and one guy at the table eventually
became a home roaster himself.

On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 6:40 AM, Phil Palmintere
<phil.palmintere at gmail.com> wrote:
> There may be worse coffee on the planet than Cruise Ship coffee, but if so,
> I never want to taste it.
> I didn't have expectations for coffee any better than, say, a 24 hour diner
> on the Interstate 40 miles from the nearest gas station, but on a recent
> Baltic Cruise (Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersberg, Gdansk & back to
> Stockholm), I found the coffee substantially worse than Pennzoil 10w-30.
> They had a separate (read: not included in the price of the cruise) espresso
> station, supposedly with Seattle's Best and a non-descript commercial
> espresso machine with an equally non-descript grinder.  It seems they don't
> grind coffee on demand - ground coffee just sits doser waiting for the next
> customer - which might be the next day.  So-called Baristas were untrained
> and not particularly open to suggestion.  It seems that if the espresso
> takes more than 5 seconds to dispense a shot, they think they've tamped the
> portafilter too hard.  I very much wanted to just jump behind the counter &
> pull the shot myself giving them some training along the way, but my wife
> would have been too embarrassed.
> Now, the good news is I didn't see a single Starbucks anywhere in Stockholm,
> and I was able to get a few OK shots.
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